Motorcycle Fatalities On the Rise ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Monday, January 29, 2007

Motorcycle Fatalities On the Rise

A National Highway Transportation Safety Administration study shows that motorcycle-related fatalities have more than doubled between 1995 and 2005, with more than 4,500 people dying on motorcycles in 2005, compared with 2,227 in 1995. Sales of scooters and motorbikes have more than tripled during the same time period, rising to more than one million bike sales in 2005. Helmet laws are a huge factor in lives saved - the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that over 1,500 lives were saved in 2005 thanks to helmets. It also claims that an additional 728 riders could have lived if they had been wearing helmets.

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