Pittsburgh, PA (PressExposure) July 23, 2008 -- Motorcycle rider deaths dramatically increased in 2006 for the ninth straight year, a new report from the Washington-based Governors Highway Safety Association shows.
Survey of the States: Motorcycle Safety Programs uses federal data to show motorcycle fatalities more than doubled to 4,810 in 2006 from 2,110 in 1997. Motorcycle deaths increased in 27 states and Puerto Rico between 2005 and 2006, according to the report.
The report also examines states' efforts to keep motorcyclists safe, and factors contributing to training and education shortfalls. Twenty states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have universal motorcycle helmet laws; 27 states and Guam have laws for certain riders; and three states have no motorcycle helmet laws, GHSA officials said.
Submitted by Randell (Randy) Roberts of Roberts & Roberts Law Firm, Tyler, TX, as reported by Texas Trial Lawyers Association.
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