A decade after the deaths of two riders, a study shows the sport is getting safer for riders.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a report Monday that looked at how motorcycle crashes have changed over the past decade, and found the percentage of people killed in motorcycle crashes dropped from 10% in 2003 to 5.7% in 2016.
That trend is expected to continue over the next decade.
The report found that the number of people who die in motorcycle accidents dropped from 16,094 in 2003, to 8,856 in 2016, with a nearly 40% reduction in the number involved in fatal crashes.
That includes people killed when their bikes hit a parked car, an oncoming bus or other vehicles.
It also includes injuries and deaths caused by the impact of motorcycles on other vehicles, such as an overturned vehicle.
In 2016, there were 8.5 fatal crashes involving motorcycles and 985 injuries.
The most recent year for which data was available was 2016.
The data from the National Highway Safety Administration, released Monday, shows that the percentage involved in motorcycle-related crashes dropped by more than half in the last decade, from 10.3% in 2002 to 4.5% in 2017.
The percentage of motorcycle-involved crashes involving other vehicles fell from 12.9% in 2013 to 8.4% in 2019.
While the number is down in the United States, it is up globally, said David Gee of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
It’s the first time we’ve seen a decline like this globally.
That’s a really good thing, he said.
“The data is not that different from what we see in Europe and Japan, where they are seeing more people injured, but there is a huge difference in the overall injury rates,” he said in an interview.
“I don’t think we are going to see the same level of reduction in injuries and fatalities.”
Gee said there’s a difference between what we’re seeing in Europe, where the injury rate is lower, and what we’ve had in the U.S. It is still a problem, but the number in the USA is actually lower than it was in Europe.
“The report comes at a time when some states are cracking down on motorcycle helmets, citing the safety of riding helmets and the increased use of riding on the road by cyclists.
In March, California Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a law that requires helmet-wearing riders to wear them when riding in public.
California already has one of the highest motorcycle helmet laws in the country, with helmet requirements at least twice as high as in most other states.”
In California, there are no federal laws, but we are following the best available science and we are making our laws,” said David Schmitt, a spokesman for the California Department of Motor Vehicles.