A motorcyclist dies in crash with SUV in Iowa

Motorcycle accidents have fallen steadily since 2009, with some experts attributing that decline to better motorcycle safety equipment.

Motorcyclists are riding faster and more safely, with fewer accidents and fatalities, according to a new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The report released Monday found that motorcyclists have fewer fatal accidents than in 2009.

But it also noted that motorcycling deaths remain far higher than in other developed nations.

Among the findings: Motorcycle accidents are down by 13 percent from 2009 to 2020, while motorcycle fatalities have fallen by about 8 percent.

More than half of all motorcycle crashes are minor injuries, compared with about one-third in the general population.

Drivers who are wearing helmets and using a rearview mirror have saved many lives, the report found.

Only 2 percent of motorcycle crashes involved a crash where the driver was traveling at a speed of more than 55 mph.

One of the best measures of safety is the number of serious injuries or deaths, the study found.

Motorcyclists who died in motorcyclically related crashes in the last 10 years, such as those involving motorcyclism, fell from about 7,700 to about 5,200.

In addition, motorcyclistic accidents involving head injuries, which are often more common in the U.S., dropped by about 10 percent.

In the 10 years before the crash, they had more than doubled.

Some other findings: 1.

There were more than 1,400 motorcyclic crashes in 2015.

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About two-thirds of motorcycle accidents involved head injuries.

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There have been about a dozen fatal motorcycle crashes in Iowa in the past decade, including two deaths last year in a car crash.

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The percentage of fatal motorcycle accidents in the state was slightly lower than the national average of 9.3 percent.

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The number of motorcyclical crashes in 2016 was down about 8 percentage points from 2015.

Six states, including Iowa, saw the highest number of motorcycle-related fatalities.

The U.K. had the most, with about 4,300, and the District of Columbia had the lowest, with only 632.