Even as there has been success in reducing the number of people killed annually in other types of traffic accidents, there has been little success in reducing the number of motorcycle fatalities. A new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association finds that those fatality numbers actually continue to climb. In fact, there is no reason to believe that this high-fatality trend will reverse any time soon.
It's very distressing to San Jose personal injury lawyers to see that the number of motorcyclists being killed in accidents continues to increase, in spite of all efforts to educate motorcyclists as well as motorists about the former’s rights on the road. According to the Governors’ Highway Safety Association’s projected data, as many as 5000 motorcyclists were killed in accidents in America in 2012, which accounted for an increase of 9% from 2011. The Governors’ Highway Safety Association’s projected estimate of motorcycle accident fatalities in 2012 is based on data taken individually from states during the first 9 months of 2012. The final estimate for the year is expected to mirror this number.
Those numbers are expected to spike over the next few weeks as we head into summer, and the busiest motorcycling season of the year. More people are likely to head out on their motorcycles in the warm weather, not realizing or oblivious to the fact that their risk of being involved in a fatal accident is the highest at this time of year.
Ironically enough, the improving economy is likely to mean an increased fatality rate for motorcyclists. As the economy recovers, and more people find that their jobs afford them enough security to allow the kind of disposable income needed to buy a motorcycle for recreational purposes, more registered motorcycles are likely to appear on the roads.