According to data, motorcycle fatalities have dropped for the second year in a row. However, you must still take precautions to protect yourself.

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The Road to Motorcycle Safety: Fatalities Decrease for Second Year in a Row

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If you’re one of the many Seattle residents who like to get from here to there via your motorcycle, you may be happy to know that for the second year in a row, motorcycle fatalities have dropped. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is projecting that motorcycle fatalities have decreased for the second straight year.

The GHSA believes the total motorcycle fatality count for 2014 will be 4,584, which is about 1.8 percent lower than the 2013 total of 4,668. If the projection is correct, this will be the second straight year in which a decrease has taken place, and only the third decrease since 1997.

There’s Still More Work to Do

Although the decrease is excellent news, motorcycle fatalities are still far too common. One way to combat the problem is to develop programs aimed at motorcycle safety. A majority of states across the country don’t give their motorcycle safety programs as much time and effort as they do their passenger vehicle safety programs. In an effort to combat the issue, the GHSA recommends that states improve their safety programs in the following areas:

  • Speed reduction. According to the latest data, a vast majority of accidents are the result of speeding. In fact, 34 percent of riders involved in fatal motorcycle crashes were speeding, as compared to 21 percent in passenger vehicles.
  • Intoxicated driving prevention. A startling number of motorcyclists ride while intoxicated, which not only is illegal, but puts bikers and others on the road in grave danger for crashes and serious injuries. In 2013, nearly 30 percent of drivers involved in fatal motorcycle crashes had blood alcohol content levels over the legal .08 limit.
  • Sharing the road with motorcyclists. Data compiled by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration reveals that when motorcycles collide with passenger vehicles, the other drivers are usually at fault.
  • Ensuring motorcyclists are properly licensed. In 2013, 25 percent of drivers involved in motorcycle crashes weren’t registered license holders.

Let Us Lead You Down the Right Path

Victims of motorcycle accidents in Seattle, Tacoma, and the surrounding areas have rights, and the Andrew Kim Law Firm wants to help fight for them. Contact us today for your free consultation and find out how we may be able to get you compensation that can pay for your medical bills, vehicle repairs, and time lost from work.

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