According to US News and World Report, between 2009 and 2010, motorcycle accident-related fatalities declined by about two percent in the United States. It is the second year in a row that deaths have declined, following a 16 percent decline in 2009 after 11 years of increasing motorcycle accident-related fatalities.
The study was conducted by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and is based on preliminary data from the first nine months of 2010 from all 50 states, including the District of Columbia. The study found that 4,376 people were killed in motorcycle accidents during 2010, compared to 4,465 during 2009. There were significant decreases in several states, including a decline of 27 percent in Oregon, a decline of 30 percent in Oklahoma, and a decline of 16 percent in Texas.
However, the report notes there are some areas for concern. The decline in the number of motorcycle accident-related deaths was mainly during the earlier months of 2010, with fatalities increasing by approximately three percent during the last quarter of the year when compared to 2009. Additionally, helmet use among motorcyclists declined, from 67 percent during 2009 to 54 percent during 2010.
The report calls for states to focus their efforts on increasing motorcycle safety, including helmet use, reducing speeding, reducing drunk driving, and offering motorcycle training courses to anyone who needs or wants it.
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