The rate of car, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents have fallen throughout the U.S. in recent years, but the rate of motorcycle accident deaths and serious injuries remains steady, according to a study by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).
In the past year, overall motor vehicle accident deaths have gone down 1.7 percent nationwide, representing thousands of lives saved over the previous year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). However, overall motorcycle accident deaths have stayed at about 5,700 fatalities nationwide, showing no decline. This change has safety experts and lawmakers concerned about the safety of motorcyclists on the road.
Among individual states, 23 states saw small declines in their motorcycle accident death rates. Nearly all of these states had implemented new motorcycle safety laws in the year before the decline. 26 states, however, saw increases in motorcycle accident fatalities, including Michigan, which recently repealed its motorcycle helmet requirement for some drivers. Several other states also eliminated or loosened their helmet laws. No state has added a helmet requirement since Louisiana did so in 2004.
Motorcycle accidents can cause serious injuries. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash, please don’t hesitate to call a diligent Oakland County motorcycle accident attorney at Lipton Law. We’re dedicated to helping injured bikers and their families get the compensation they need so they can focus on getting back to the fullest possible life. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free, confidential case evaluation.