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Motorcycle crash deaths rose almost 20% over past 10 years

On Behalf of | Mar 8, 2024 | Motorcycle accidents

Fatal motorcycle crashes have increased in recent years, sparking concerns about road safety. Several factors contribute to the recent rise in motorcycle crash deaths.

Understanding these factors is necessary for developing strategies to mitigate the risks associated with motorcycle accidents.

Greater traffic volume and congestion

A key factor contributing to the rise in fatal motorcycle crashes is the overall increase in traffic volume and congestion on roadways. As urban populations grow and economies develop, more vehicles, including motorcycles, share the roadways. This heightened traffic density creates more opportunities for accidents to occur, impacting all road users.

Lack of awareness and visibility

Another contributing factor is the lack of awareness and visibility of motorcycles by other motorists. Despite efforts to raise awareness of motorcycle safety, many drivers still fail to recognize motorcycles on the road. This lack of awareness can lead to situations where motorcycles are not given enough space, increasing the risk of collisions and fatalities. This is especially likely when motorcyclists enter a motorist’s blind spot, making them difficult to see.

Infrastructure challenges

Infrastructure challenges also play a role in the rising number of fatal motorcycle crashes. Roads designed for larger vehicles may not accommodate the needs of motorcyclists. This can lead to hazardous conditions such as potholes, uneven surfaces or inadequate signage.

The National Safety Council reports that motorcycle crash deaths increased by 19% between 2020 and 2021. Policymakers, road safety organizations and motorists must work together to implement strategies that prioritize the safety of all road users.