For much of the United States, spring arrived three weeks early this year. Among other things, this means motorcycle owners are dusting off their machines and hitting the roads.
Motorcycle riding is inherently dangerous. According to a 2014 study by the federal government, motorcycle fatalities occur 27 times more frequently than passenger car fatalities. There were 4,693 motorcycle deaths in 2015, accounting for 13 percent of all motor vehicle crash deaths that year.
If you ride, please wear a helmet. Borrowing from data provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, helmets are roughly 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle deaths and about 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries. in 2013, 25 percent of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were not wearing a helmet. In States without universal helmet laws, 59 percent of motorcyclists killed in 2013 were not wearing helmets, as compared to 8 percent in States with universal helmet laws.
Please also avoid riding under the influence. In roughly 40 percent of motorcycle fatalities, the rider was alcohol impaired.
Indeed, motorcycles are the leading cause of death for US service members unrelated to war.