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post #1 of 99 Old 08-15-2019, 05:04 AM Thread Starter
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Motorcycle-involved deaths have been on the rise for 22 years!! Anyone know why?

So I did some research recently and found out that motorcycle involved deaths are on the rise, or at least they were for a long time and finally leveled off, but remain very high overall. Especially considering the dwindling market size, I mean Harley moved oversees for goodness sakes.

"Motorcycle-involved fatalities have more than doubled since 1997. From 1994 to 2016, motorcyclist fatalities continued to rise, from 5.7 percent of the total number of motor vehicle deaths in the United States to more than 14 percent of all traffic fatalities — even though motorcycles make up just 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States."

https://www.sgvtribune.com/2018/07/0...rn-california/

What do you think could be the causes behind these numbers? I mean of course speeding not being careful, etc. but what underlying causes for the INCREASE in deaths while the number of people riding motorcycles continues to decrease??

My thoughts as possible causes:
1. Less motorcycle riders means less knowledge and/or experience riding, as well as less awareness of motorcycle safety overall? It's like any common sense about motorcycles has to be learned the hard way now on a street bike that is too big for you, etc.

2. People choosing the wrong bike (see #1 above)...so I noticed the last 2 deaths in the local paper were Harleys. The very most recent was a young man 24 years old, about 125-150 lb. And his bike the he wrecked and died on was a big Harley Touring bike, it looked big and heavy.

3. Riding when tired or fatigued.

4. Intoxicated

5. People less aware of motorcycle riders (maybe since they are not as common today as they used to be).

6. Lane splitting?

7. Us vs them mentality? Is there an association with people on bikes as being a menace to society? Obnoxious? Badass loud bikers, and rice rockets cutting off cars on the freeway?

8. Road rage is also on the rise, 7% annual increase. Could some people be killing bikers out of gross negligence? Like on purpose and then pretend it wasn't?

Which makes me wonder how many of the biker deaths are the motorcyclists' fault vs car. I need to do some more studying, reading the stats.

Let's just be aware and be careful.

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absolute numbers have not risen continuously. Occasionally yes but not every year for the last 22 years. why they have risen as a percentage of car fatalities is because carts have become so much safer. dramatically so.
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Perhaps the introduction of the cell phone?
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Maybe the aging of the HD crowd?
Inexperience as you mentioned and the cell phones.
Blame it on technology! With so many new cars being advertised with active electronic safety devices; back up cameras, forward radar, auto braking, etc; maybe the cars of the future will at least be braking when they hit the motorcyclist and give softer impacts.
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I can remember the IIHS (Insurance Industry) report where a VStrom didn't not have a single fatality in the USA for a ten year period ending I think in 2012 (now there were not that many of them compared to some other models). Now the sport bikes which have been increasing in numbers with younger riders were death traps in the same period. I actually posted that somewhere on here three or four years ago.
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Like Motocanada said, with air bags and other safety features, cars are a lot safer. Also, the number of inexperienced older riders is growing, due to midlife crisis. Older riders who rode a bit when they were younger, quit to raise a family, and now the kids are grown and wife gives permission to ride again. So they havent rode in 20 or 30 yrs, have plenty of money now, and dont realize the 800lb harley is a lot different from the 350 honda they had in college.
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This has already been analyzed. Our local giant motorcycle dealer carries mainly sport bikes because that is what sells. My salesman says that the ratio of the supersport bikes has been increasing for as long as he can remember.

Analysis of factors accounting for increasing motorcyclist fatality rates is beyond the scope of this brief overview of motorcycle trends, but one trend of concern to public health and safety experts is the relaxation of motorcycle helmet laws.

Another emerging trend of concern to public health and safety experts is the growing popularity of racing-style motorcycles known as supersports, which have high power-to-weight ratios and are capable of extreme acceleration and speed (160+ mph). Although designed for the racetrack, supersport motorcycles are marketed and sold to the general public and have become especially popular among young riders. On September 11, 2007, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released a report showing that "motorcyclists who ride supersports have driver death rates per 10,000 registered motorcycles nearly 4 times higher than motorcyclists who ride all other types of bikes."10 The IIHS report also noted that among fatally injured motorcycle drivers, those riding supersports are the youngest, with an average age of 27. For both 2000 and 2005, the death rate for riders of supersport bikes is twice that of sport bike riders and four times that for riders of other motorcycle types.
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Dear SE, super sports registrations are when. Motorcycle fatalities are about the same as they ever were. Unfortunately, unlike cars there has been no decreased. Just analyzed the numbers for 20 years for both canada and the us.

There is no "growing popularity of super sports bikes" (try buying a new 600 these days). There are really outrageously powered adventure bikes however.
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absolute numbers have not risen continuously. Occasionally yes but not every year for the last 22 years. why they have risen as a percentage of car fatalities is because carts have become so much safer. dramatically so.
Yes, that's a typical weaselly manipulation of statistics to produce a headline or make a point.
What is the trend for motorcycle-involved deaths in absolute numbers? Per 100,000 registrations?

Riding (crashing) a motorcycle is inherently dangerous, and unlike automobiles (whose drivers certainly haven't gotten any better over the years, as far as I can tell), there is little in the way of passive safety equipment that can be applied to significantly reduce the fatality rate. Helmet laws probably help, and eliminating those laws in several states probably hasn't helped (just saying, even though I don't believe in helmet laws).
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In my opinion, the two largest factors are and probably always will be testosterone or alcohol.
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