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According to the Insurance Information Institute, motorcycling has become more and more popular in recent years and appeals now to older and more affluent riders than in the past. Sales of two wheelers reached almost 1.2 million in 2005. Not surprisingly, the fatality rate for motorcyclists has also been climbing dramatically, in 2005 reaching the highest level since 1986. There has been a particularly dramatic rise in deaths of those age 40 and up from motorcycle accidents.
Over 4,500 motorcycle enthusiasts died in motorcycle crashes in 2005, up 13% from 2004. This 12%increase was the largest since 1977! Fatalities from motorcycle accidents has increased for the last 8 years consecutively.
According to the latest data, a biker in 2005 was 34 times more likely to die in an accident than an occupant of a passenger car, per vehicle mile traveled. Bikers were 8 times more likely to be injured.
The death rate for motorcyclists was 4.8 times that of automobile operators and passengers in 2004.
Motorcycling is fun and should be. But safety must come first. Think and plan the safest routes on your crusing days. Avoid heavy traffic if you can. A motorcyclist is no match for a four wheel vehicle if a crash occurs.