The Most Dangerous States For Motorcycle Accidents…
Thanks to new data from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association and a sterling article from the Motorcycle Accident Lawyer blog, we can now see which states have had the highest rates of motorcycle deaths and exactly how those numbers are up from 2014 – 2015. It’s a sad read, but if you happen to live and ride in the most dangerous states, you’ll be able to adjust your riding style appropriately and keep yourself as safe as possible.
Out of all 50 states, the vast majority of them (31 states to be precise) saw an increase in motorcycling related deaths over the past year, with Florida being ranked in first, behind California, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York State, Illinois, and Michigan respectively. The full details of 2016 won’t be evaluated until early in 2017, but if these stats are anything to go by, it’s time to invest in the best safety gear you can afford.
There are a lot of factors that might have pushed the stats up by an outrageous 10%, including anything from weather conditions, the cost of fuel, and the sheer amount of vehicles on the road – but it’s clear that motorcycle deaths are on the rise and that automatically puts each and every one of us at more risk than in previous years. Here, we’re going to take a look at the most dangerous states with regard to our Gear Heads: Motorcycles readership demographic…
Florida ranked the highest in the study, having had a sharp increase in fatalities between 2014 and 2015. In 2014, Florida recorded 450 motorcycle deaths. In 2015, that figure rose to 550. The volume of deaths is understandable, given that Florida is blessed with a temperate climate and that naturally encourages more motorcyclists to take to the streets. The increase, however, is unprecedented. However, we’ve seen in previous statistics that Florida has a huge motorcycling population, which is continually growing. Even so, if you’re a Floridian rider, it would be wise decision to take all the necessary safety steps to keep yourself protected on the road.
Texas ranked third in the study, with California being second, but since the majority of our readers are Texas based, we’re skipping ahead to third. The increase in Texan motorcycle deaths only had a small increase from 451 in 2014, to 455 in 2015, but the small increase doesn’t mean that you should be any less cautious: the overall amount of bike deaths is still incredibly high on the national scale. Similar to Florida, Texas also has great riding weather and a large riding population, making the chances of a fatal accident statistically higher – keep that in mind next time you’re suiting up for a rip.
North Carolina was ranked fourth in the study, with a motorcycle death increase of 2%. 185 riders were killed on the roads in 2015, and while that may seem like a small amount compared to the states listed above, it’s a fairly shocking statistic when you consider the size of the state, and the amount of registered motorcycle users.
While many states were listed ahead of Michigan, which only ranked in 10th place, it was this state that had the stats guys and safety advisors most worried. In 2014, Michigan had 112 motorcycle fatalities. In 2015, that number surged to 138. Ok, not a huge leap, you might think. However, keep in mind Michigan’s location and climate. It’s a smaller state than some of the others mentioned above, and it’s a hell of a lot more northerly. Given its climate, Michigan only has a short riding season compared with places like Florida, California or Texas – so the 23% rise in motorcycle deaths is a real worry.
Anyway, there are many riders that will simply dismiss this as nothing more than arbitrary statistics and scaremongering, and that’s fine, but it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t ride with a little more caution that usual, or with a little more vigilance. Apart from the obvious safety measures you can employ, like wearing the best safety gear that you can, consider checking your blind spots a little more regularly, ride a little more defensively than you used to, and don’t take any unnecessary risks.
Take care out there! And ride safe!