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New Data Shows Increase in Georgia Motorcycle Accident Fatalities

Scott Monge

New data has been released that shows motorcycle accident deaths in Georgia have increased across the state this past year.

The Governor's Highway Safety Administration contacted their member state highway safety offices in all 50 states and the District of Columbia earlier this year to get their preliminary motorcyclist fatality counts for 2012. They have collected this data the past three years.

After all of the data was analyzed and released to the public, it was shown that motorcyclist deaths had increased approximately 9 percent in 2012. The total number of lives lost was over 5,000. This number is more than the overall traffic fatality increase projected by the federal government and would be the 14th out of the last five years in which motorcyclist deaths increased.

The GHSA's report believes that motorcycle accident fatalities will likely increase if strong measures are not taken. The organization calls our attention to two main reasons more people are out on motorcycles:

  • Economic recovery. First of all, the economy is beginning to stabilize again. When the economy improves, more people have disposable income and choose to make purchases they wouldn't normally make—such as a motorcycle.
  • Fuel prices encourage motorcycle use. As gasoline prices continue to increase, many people turn to motorcycles for a cheaper method of travel.

Safety measures encouraged by the GHSA include:

  • Increasing helmet use. This is the single most effective method to prevent motorcyclist fatalities and serious injuries.
  • Reduce alcohol impairment
  • Reduce speeding
  • Provide motorcycle operator training to all who need or seek it
  • Ensure that motorcyclists are properly licensed
  • Encourage all drivers to share the road with motorcyclists

Our Atlanta car accident attorneys want to see these motorcycle fatality rates drop in Georgia next year, so please be safe out there!

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