The latest U.S. traffic fatality data shows the lowest rate of annual traffic deaths ever recorded, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). Unfortunately, the rate of motorcycle deaths has increased for the ninth consecutive year. Motorcycles have grown in popularity as a means of transportation, particularly in light of recent fuel prices. The NSC blames the majority of motorcycle deaths on the failure to wear a helmet, however, and notes that many states have recently repealed their motorcycle helmet laws (only 20 states and D.C. still require helmets). In 2005, 47% of all motorcycle deaths occurred among riders 40 years of age or older — a new trend highlighting the popularity of motorcycling among baby boomers.
If you own a motorcycle, or may consider riding one, the NSC offers the following general safety tips to help keep your name off of the growing list of motorcycle-related traffic fatalities:
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