According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2006 at least 13 cars out of 100,000 were involved in fatal car accidents. The rate for motorcycles are much higher, involving at least 72 fatal crashes out of 100,000 registered motorcycles. Motorcycle crash fatalities are much higher compared to automobiles. The risk of riding a motorcycle and being involved in a fatal crash is 35 times more greater than driving in an automobile.
A national study conducted by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau found that:
* Motorcycle rider death rate increased among all rider age groups between 1998 and 2000
* Motorcycle rider deaths were nearly 30 times more than drivers of other vehicles
*Motorcycle riders ages below 40 are 36 times more likely to be killed than other vehicle operators of the same age.
* Motorcycle riders aged 40 years and over are around 20 times more likely to be killed than other drivers of the same age.
Additional data reveals that over four million motorcycles are registered in the United States. It is unfortunate that nearly 5% of all highway fatalities involve motorcycles. Of that five percent, two percent are registered motorcycles. The main reason motorcyclists are killed in crashes is because the motorcycle provides no protection whatsoever to the rider. Approximately 80 percent of all reported motorcycle accidents result in injury or death of the rider. This is a big difference compared to automobiles at only 20 percent.
2008 National Statistics
*Motorcyclist fatalities reached 5,290 in 2008, accounting for 14% of total crash fatalities.
*This is the 11th consecutive year that there has been an increase in motorcycle crash deaths.
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