According to data compiled by the Governors Highway Association, the number of deaths tied to motorcycle accidents jumped nearly 10% in 2015, with more than 5,000 fatalities reported. It’s only the third time since officials started keeping statistics that the number has topped 5,000. Surprisingly, though, during the same period in California, the death toll from motorcycle crashes dropped 7%.
During the same time period, motor vehicle accidents also escalated, leading researchers to speculate that the nationwide rise is tied to lower fuel prices and a stronger economy. They say that, to a degree, it’s simple mathematics. When gas prices are lower and the economy is stronger, bikers have more disposable income and there’s more incentive to get on the road. If accident rates remain unchanged, the number of accidents (and deaths) will likely rise, because of the greater numbers of bikers on the roads. Officials also say that a milder winter across the United States most likely put motorcyclists on the road earlier, also leading to a rise in accidents.
Officials say that motorcycle deaths are still a disproportionate part of the number of fatalities on California roads, accounting for 17% of the fatal motor vehicle accidents, with only 3% of the registered drivers and about one percent of the miles driven.
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