NHTSA: Motorcycle Deaths Up in the US

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Road-related fatalities increased for the first time since 2005 in the US, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report says. A 3.3 percent increase to 33,561 fatalities was recorded in 2012, while the overall miles traveled remained almost the same the same.
Unfortunately, motorcycle and pedestrian fatalities make up for the biggest part of this increase, with riders deaths on the rise for the third year in a row.

No less than 7.1% more riders died in 2012 than in the previous year. The NHTSA also adds that the number of deaths among riders who were not wearing a helmet in states without a universal helmet law is ten times higher than in the states with such laws.

Some states, such as Michigan, allow motorcyclists with special training to ride without a helmet.

While this might appeal those who feel like helmets are an unnecessary restraint which sands between them and their riding satisfaction, the numbers are making things extremely clear. It's not riding without a helmet which kills 10 times more riders, but crashing while not wearing one.

Source Detroit News.
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