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What are some facts about motorcyclist fatalities in Colorado?

As the spring and summer approach, you're probably excited to get back on your motorcycle. It's important to take some time to review motorcycle safety information before you get back on the roads. Knowing some of these statistics may help you be more aware of the dangers on the roadways, so you can be as safe as possible.

For example, did you know that motorcycle fatalities have been falling? With the latest report in 2013, motorcycle fatalities in the United States had fallen 6.4 percent to 4,668 people from 4,986 the year before. That's good news, because it shows that drivers are becoming more aware of motorcyclists.

In 2012, only 75 riders and 4 passengers were killed in Colorado. What's interesting about this fact is that some of those deaths may have been preventable. Only 69 percent of the riders were wearing helmets, and none of the passengers was wearing them. That is important to review, because a helmet has been shown to be integral to preventing fatal head and neck injuries during a crash.

Another important fact from 2012 is that 56 percent of the fatal crashes that took place involved a motorcycle and another vehicle. Because of that, it's safe to say that while either party can be responsible, it's important that drivers are aware of motorcyclists and take effort to see them on the roads. Likewise, motorcyclists should attempt to avoid being in a vehicle's blind spot and to drive safety.

Motorists are meant to give motorcyclists a full lane to travel in, and they need to check for motorcyclists, especially when making a left turn. By following a few safety tips, many of these accidents could be prevented.

Source: Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, "Motorcycle Safety" accessed Mar. 12, 2015

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