As the number of motorcyclists on the road increases, the risk of a wreck with another vehicle increases, too. Motorcycle awareness, driving without distractions and mastering defensive driving skills are ways to reduce motorcycle accidents in all states.
Detroit, MI (PRWEB) July 01, 2016
The Law Offices of Jason Waechter, also known as The Motorcycle Accident Lawyer, recently released it's annual report, Bikers Beware: The Deadliest States for Motorcycle Accidents, detailing motorcycle fatality rates in the last two years. In particular, the article focuses on statistical evidence from the Governor's Highway Safety Association. These motorcycle fatality statistics reveal that the rate of motorcycle deaths in the United States is growing, and that motorcycle riders need to take special precautions whenever they are on the road. Overall, statistics reveal that there were 10 percent more motorcycle fatalities nationwide in the year 2015 than there were in the previous year.
The Most Dangerous States For Motorcyclists
According to the Motorcycle Accident Lawyer article, several states had significantly high rates of motorcycle deaths. Florida ranked as number one, followed by California, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York State, Illinois, and Michigan. Out of the 50 U.S. states and district of Washington, D.C., the majority of states saw more fatalities than they did the previous year. Overall, 31 states saw a rise in motorcycle deaths.
Florida saw 550 fatalities in motorcycle accidents, a rise of 22 percent from the 2014 fatality rates. The report cites the long riding season as a possible contributor to this increased fatality rate in Florida motorcycle accidents. Other factors may include things such as the number of people on the road, the current price of fuel, and the country's overall economic health.
The state of Texas also had a notable amount of motorcycle accident fatalities, having 455 total motorcycle fatalities in 2015. Texas had previously had a high fatality rate, as well: In the year 2014, the state saw only a slightly lower number of fatalities, with 451 deaths.
The state of North Carolina, while a fairly small state, had enough fatalities to rank as number four in the motorcycle death statistics from the Governor's Highway Safety Association. There were a total of 185 North Carolina motorcycle accident deaths in 2015, up two percent from the previous year's numbers.
In the state of Michigan, there were a reported 138 deaths in the year 2015, up from the 112 fatalities in the year 2014. While Michigan ranked tenth on the list of United States motorcycle accident fatality rates, it was noted in the article that Michigan is a smaller U.S. state, as well as having a relatively short motorcycling season, especially when compared to states in the south and southwest.
Ultimately, the best thing that motorcycle riders can do to stay safe on the road is to remember defensive driving rules. Motorcyclists are more vulnerable on the road, so it is always wise to take extra precautions while entering the road, while taking exits, and while making turns. It is also highly recommended that motorcycle riders know their vehicle well and anticipate other drivers and their potential blind spots: Be aware of all the blind spots on the motorcycle as well as the blind spots that automobiles commonly have.
Smart driving habits can be lifesaving for motorcycle owners, but sometimes accidents still occur. Attorney Jason Waechter and his team specialize in motorcycle accident injury lawsuits. The Motorcycle Lawyer has established a nationwide network of motorcycle accident lawyers and law firms ready help those injured in motorcycle accidents. The Motorcycle Lawyer's Michigan Law Firm locations are in Southfield, Detroit, Mt Clemens, Ann Arbor, Flint, and Grand Rapids. Call or contact us to take advantage of our nationwide service for those that need help with injury and death claims. They can be reached at 1-877- BIKER LAW.