WASHINGTON — The number of motorcycle accidents in the U.S. is down by almost a third in five years, according to a new study that finds Americans are being more vigilant about the safety of their vehicles.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the U,S.
Department of Transportation’s Office of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (OSHMMV) released a study this week that shows motorcycle fatalities are down 7.5 percent since 2011, but there is still much work to be done.
The study says the number of accidents has fallen by about 2,600 since 2008, but the number and severity of the crashes are still alarming.
The study is the first to use data from the Centers for Disease Status and Prevention (CDC) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to examine motorcycle safety trends since 2012, and finds that the number has decreased by a total of 19,800 motorcycle crashes between 2011 and 2016.
The most common reasons for motorcycle crashes, according the study, were riding a motorcycle while intoxicated, riding while distracted, riding in a way that distracted others, and riding a vehicle without proper training.
While the study does not say what the causes are behind the drop in accidents, one possibility is that increased awareness of the risks of riding a bike while intoxicated and distracted.
According to the study , the U-shaped curve is caused by the Unexplained Death Rate (UDR) , a statistical measure of motor vehicle crashes.
It measures the number that are due to unknown causes.
The UDR is much lower in the motorcycle industry because it is much easier to measure injuries than to determine the actual number of deaths, said Sarah Tishkoff, assistant director of the UDR program at CDC.
According the CDC, the UDDR for motorcycle deaths is 4.6 per 100,000 riders.
If you’re riding a Harley Davidson, that would be 1,800 fatalities.
But even when looking at the UDR as a percentage of all motorcycle crashes the study finds that motorcycles accounted for only 0.3 percent of all crashes in 2016.
The average age of riders is over 50, and the median age is under 40.
“It’s an interesting finding,” said Tishko.
“But the reason it is interesting is because we know the average age is higher than the average number of fatalities.
And we also know the age is a lot higher than what we would expect if we just looked at the number.
So we also have to be looking at that.”
The study found that motorcycles are responsible for about a third of all deaths in the country, but only about a quarter of all accidents.
And it’s not just that the industry has a low death rate.
There are also some other safety issues that have caused motorcycle accidents to rise, including the high number of people who drive without helmet, and a large number of older people who don’t have enough training.
“The main concern is that people who are younger than 65 have to make some difficult choices,” said Chris Stott, director of safety studies at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the University of Colorado.
“I don’t think the average motorcycle rider is going to be the next driver of a drunk or distracted driver.
They are not.”
While the USDR is higher in the industry, the number is still far too low to cause any major impact on the number or severity of motorcycle crashes.
According Stott , it is too early to know if the drop is due to changes in motorcycle safety practices or to changes over the last five years in the way motorcycles are being sold.
It is also too early for the industry to say if there is an increase in the number, or whether people are using safer motorcycles.
In the meantime, Stott said it is important that riders and the communities they ride in are aware of the importance of motorcycle safety.
“I think that’s where we really need to start looking at our communities,” he said.
“What are we doing to improve the safety for ourselves and our children?”
Read the full study: https://www.cdc.gov/ojp/dsn/dsnr/2017/wp/2017-06-16-pv-study-report-motorcycles-dangers.pdf#axzz2eZxqWgMStott said he is particularly concerned about motorcycle helmet use, because the helmet provides protection against head and neck injuries and the helmet can be very effective at helping prevent other injuries, such as burns, cuts, and fractures.
He said helmet use is an important issue because it affects people of all ages and levels of riding ability.
“A lot of the people who have a problem with helmets are not really very well-trained,” he told WTOP.
“They may be riding without a helmet, but they might have one or two riders.
And they have a low level