Motorcycle Accidents/Fatalities on the Rise as Revealed in New Study

Over a seven year period, the yearly number of motorcycle deaths increased from 3,000 to 5,000 in the last decade. Safety gear and helmets in particular have been proven to help prevent injury and death to riders.

Seattle, WA, June 27, 2012 --( According to a study put out by, motorcycle accidents have become more prevalent, leading to a higher death rate among motorcycle drivers. Due to the rising gasoline costs, the study shows that more drivers are opting for the much cheaper route of owning and driving motorcycles, thus causing more injuries. The top safety gear for motorcycles are revealed in this study.

Statistics from a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report show that between 2000 and 2007, motorcycle deaths jumped up 78 percent, with over 96,000 injuries in 2007. This drastic jump in fatalities in such a short period of time alludes to the necessity of better safety gear. The following categories of motorcycle gear reviewed are as follows:

Eye Protection
Rain Gear
Riding Suits
Reflective Gear/Tape

A few distinguished comments from the study include:

With the rise in motorcycle ownership and the recent repealing of helmet laws in many states such as Michigan, deaths from motorcycle accidents have also been on the rise.

According to the NHTSA, if a motorcyclist wears (a helmet), they are about 29 to 37 percent safer than motorcyclists who don’t.

If you are in an accident and are thrown across the pavement, a well-suited jacket will provide protection as well as any piece of clothing.

Wearing reflective tape on your outer gear is also a very good move to protect you and make it easier for cars and trucks to see you in the dark.

To read the study in full, go to
Mac Hildebrand