Fatal motor vehicle accidents have declined in the last few years in the
United States due to safety campaigns and safer vehicles being on the
road. While the road may be safer for motorists, it is a whole different
story for motorcyclists.
Unfortunately, fatal motorcycle accidents haven't followed the same
trend as motor vehicle accidents in recent years. In fact, fatal motorcycle
accidents have seemed to increase. The differences between motorcycle
accident statistics and motor vehicle crash data has led researchers to
ask if gas prices play a role in motorcycle crashes. The answer may surprise you.
Researchers have found a link between fatal
motorcycle accidents and gas prices. They reported that motorcycle deaths increase when gas
prices are higher in the country. On the opposite end, motorcycle fatalities
tend to decrease when gas prices are lower. The researchers attributed
the link to people trying to use more fuel-efficient forms of transportation
when gas prices are higher, meaning that more people are riding motorcycles
to save money on gas when gas prices go up.
This finding is interesting because the opposite is true for motorists
and many researchers and safety groups were probably not aware of the
link between gas prices and motorcycle fatalities.
People in California should be aware of this link and not just motorcyclists.
Motorists, safety groups and the California Highway Patrol should know
about the dangers motorcyclists face on the road and the finding that
motorcycle fatalities increase when gas prices are higher. This information
could help everyone on the road become more aware of the risks motorcyclists
face and make sure everyone is taking steps to reduce collisions.
Despite the finding, motorcycle accidents will continue to happen in California.
Motorcycle riders and their families should know about the legal action
they can take after a fatal motorcycle accident that was caused by a negligent
driver. Drivers can be sued after an accident if they were driving recklessly
or were distracted at the time of the crash.
Source: Philly, "How gas prices relate to motorcycle fatalities," Paul Nussbaum, April 26, 2014