Every year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) deems the month of May Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. As part of the federal government’s Department of Transportation, the NHTSA’s emphasis on motorcycle safety will potentially have the effect of raising awareness across the country’s highways.
Most motorcyclists in the Houston area would likely agree that safety affects more than the rider. Some folks may even say that safety ought to incorporate more than one month per year.
When someone suffers a motorcycle injury, the damage to the person and property can be far worse than the typical vehicle accident.
Another government entity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the following statistics dealing with motorcycle safety:
- Within a 7-year period ending in 2008, over 34,000 motorcyclists were killed and an estimated 1,222,000 persons were treated in emergency rooms for a non-fatal motorcycle-related injury.
- The highest death and injury rates were among 20-24 year-olds, followed by 25-29 year-olds.
- More than half of all nonfatal motorcycle injuries treated in EDs were to the leg/foot (30%) or head/neck (22%).
- Motorcyclist death rates increased 55% between the same 7-year period.
- The number of nonfatal motorcyclist injuries that resulted in ER visits also increased, from nearly 120,000 injuries in 2001 to about 175,000 in 2008.