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Alabama and Georgia Rank in Top 20 States with Highest Motorcycle Death Rate

June 29, 2019

OLEPIKA, AL – According to an online news report at, Alabama ranks 15thin the United States for the highest rate of motorcycle deaths.  Georgia ranks 18th.*

A man died in a motorcycle accident in 2017 in Smiths Station, Alabama. According to a friend, “[h]e was the type of man who would do anything in the world for you.  He would give you the shirt off his back if he thought it would help you. A big ol’ teddy bear kind of guy.” 

The man was deemed an experienced motorcyclist.  The man was 49 years old at the time he died.  Friends state that when he wasn’t at work as a correctional officer, he was on his bike.

The deceased motorcyclist is one of 79 motorcyclists who died in Alabama back in 2017. 139 motorcyclists perished in Georgia that same year. While the number of deaths in Georgia is higher than Alabama, the rate is calculated based upon the amount of registered motorcyclists in the state.

“It’s not surprising,” said a service manager at Harley Davidson in Opelika. “The Southeast in general, we tend to have more opportunities for accidents. So, with that and the opportunity to have more people that ride and crowded areas equals more accidents.”

Other states on the top of the list are Texas, South Carolina, and Mississippi.  People are stating that there is trend in the fatalities associated with motorcycles. As the friend of the deceased man notes, it is occupants of four wheeled vehicles not paying attention to those on two wheels.

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