What Motorcyclist Can Learn From PA's 2015 Crash Stats
Spring appears to have sprung (hopefully), so before we embark on a new year of riding and rallies, we wanted to take a step back and reflect on Pennsylvania's newly unveiled 2015 crash statistics.
Here at Snyder's Riders, we are always looking for ways to improve our riding skills and safety strategies—and we think some of the numbers compiled by the state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will help all our fellow motorcyclists do the same.
Here are four things you need to know about motorcycle crashes in Pennsylvania in 2015 (which are the newest statistics available):
1. Motorcycle Deaths Are Down in Pennsylvania
We want to start with the good news: In the Keystone State, the number of fatal motorcycle accidents decreased in 2015.
According to PennDOT, 179 people were killed on motorcycles in 2015—down from 186 the year before.
But, unfortunately, that's where the good news stops, because:
2. Motorcycle Injuries Were on the Rise in 2015
More motorcycle drivers and passengers were injured in 2015 than in 2014. While 3,207 motorcyclists were injured in accidents in 2014, more than 100 more were hurt in crashes in 2015.
3. Many Motorcyclists Don't Gear Up Properly
Any motorcycle enthusiast will tell you: Serious head injuries are among the most common injuries suffered by riders and their passengers in crashes—which should make wearing a helmet every time a no brainer.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, helmets are 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle deaths—and nearly 70 percent effective in preventing traumatic brain injuries.
Yet, in Pennsylvania in 2015, 48 percent of those who died in motorcycle crashes and 37 percent of those who were injured in them were not wearing helmets.
All of us here at Snyder's Riders encourage you to wear a helmet—and other safety gear—every ride.
4. Too Many Motorcyclists Drink and Drive
Of all the statistics we reviewed, this one was the most sobering: In 2015, motorcyclists had the largest percentage of drinking drivers compared to drivers of other types of vehicles.
Of the 3,502 motorcyclists involved in crashes in Pennsylvania that year, 296 were reportedly impaired—or nearly 9 percent.
Sadly, this was also the case in 2014.
The takeaway? You can never be too careful on the road. This year, renew your commitment to gear up properly, and pledge to drive safe—and sober—every ride.
Also consider joining Snyder's Riders. We are dedicated to creating a community of motorcyclists committed to protecting themselves and their loved ones. We seek to provide our members with the latest in motorcycle safety information, training programs, and accident prevention technologies.
Sign up now—it's free, and you get a chance to win prizes.
Happy (and safe) riding!