After the Fall 2018 MWRC, Brian Gadd, the new Conference Chairman, asked me to become the Conference Safety Officer, as well as remain the Editor of the Mid-Knight News.
The latest information I was able to find from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in relationship to motorcycle fatal accidents is for 2016.
13.10 passenger vehicles out of 100,000 ended up in a fatal accident. The rate for motorcycles is 72.34 per 100,000 registered motorcycles. For motorcycle riders, the risk of being involved in a fatal accident is 35 times greater than a passenger vehicle.
Motorcycles accounted for fourteen percent of all traffic fatalities.
Twenty-seven percent of those involved in a fatal accident, were riding without a valid motorcycle license.
Around twenty-five percent of those involved in a motorcycle fatality were alcohol-impaired. As compared to twenty-one percent for passenger cars, twenty percent for small trucks and two percent for large trucks.
Thirty-seven percent of motorcycles involved in a single vehicle fatal accident were alcohol-impaired.
of the 5,286 motorcyclists killed in 2016, ninety-four percent (4,950) were the rider, while six percent (336) were passengers.
NHTSA estimated that helmets saved 1,859 motorcyclists lives in 2016, and that 802 more could have been saved if all motorcyclists had been wearing a helmet.
While riding a motorcycle is without a question more dangerous than driving a passenger vehicle, we can take steps to reduce our chances of being involved in a fatal motorcycle accident. Some simple things we can do is be properly licensed. Wear a helmetat all times while riding and if you have been drinking, don't ride.