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What rising motorcycle crash rates mean for Kentucky riders

On Behalf of | Apr 20, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

There are many benefits to riding a motorcycle, including the joy people experience while riding and lower transportation costs. Unfortunately, they also offer very little protection in a crash. Riders in Kentucky should be aware that crash rates have been on the rise in recent years so that they can be inspired to make proactive decisions in favor of their safety.

What does the data say?

Someone’s chance of getting hurt on their motorcycle is higher now than just a few years ago. According to the National Safety Council, the risk of a deadly motorcycle crash has risen significantly in recent years. Between 2019 to 2020, national motorcycle fatalities increased by 11%. Data from 2021 and 2022 shows a continuation of that upward trend.

Those in Kentucky about to get their motorcycle out for the season must refresh themselves on significant safety concerns. They also need to be proactive about maintenance so that they can trust in their bike to safely maneuver and stop when they need to move quickly to avoid a crash.

Why are crash rates increasing?

Researchers have had difficulty pinpointing one reason crashes and traffic fatalities have increased recently. Overall, the main issue seems to be increased unsafe traffic behaviors. There seem to be more people choosing to do things they know are hazardous, such as drinking before driving, texting at the wheel and driving at dangerous speeds.

Those unsafe behaviors align with some of the top causes of motorcycle crashes. Many involve a driver or rider with an elevated blood alcohol concentration or speeds over the posted limit. Inattentive drivers are also a known safety concern for riders.

Motorcycle riders who follow the speed limit, avoid intoxicants and focus on their visibility can minimize their risk of contributing to future motorcycle crash statistics. Additionally, making a direct effort to reduce personal motorcycle crash risk often requires careful vehicle maintenance and awareness of evolving safety concerns.