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Motorcyclist Traffic Fatalities by State:
2012 Preliminary Data

Published April 2013

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News Release: Motorcycle Deaths Spike in 2012, Approximately 5,000 Motorcyclist Fatalities Projected (April 24, 2013)

In early 2013, GHSA asked its member state highway safety offices to provide their preliminary motorcyclist fatality counts for 2012, as they had done the prior three years. All 50 states and the District of Columbia supplied data. Some states suggested why their numbers had increased or decreased.

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Based upon the preliminary data provided, GHSA projects that the number of motorcyclist traffic fatalities in the United States increased about 9 percent from 2011 to 2012.

The report points out that the economy is expected to contribute to more motorcyclist fatalities. With people having more disposable income, more motorcycles will be purchased. At the same time, with the relative high price of gasoline, more people will choose motorcycles to save fuel costs.

It also recommends several proven countermeasures that can help cut the number of motorcycle fatalities on our nation's roadways.

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