Georgia, Alabama in Top 20 for Most Motorcycle Fatalities in U.S.
GEORGIA – According to a news report posted online at wtvm.com, the states of Georgia and Alabama fall into the Top 20 for most motorcycle fatalities in the United States. Georgia takes the eighteenth spot on the list, while Alabama sits at fifteenth. The rankings are based on fatality numbers from 2017.*
In 2017, a total of 79 motorcyclists died in traffic crashes in the state of Alabama. A total of 139 motorcyclists died in Georgia. The number of fatalities is higher in Georgia, but the rankings are based on the number of motorcycles registered in every state. Other states featured high on the list are South Carolina, Mississippi, and Texas.
Scoot Brewster, who manages a Harley Davidson shop in Opelika, Alabama, said that the rankings for the south did not shock him, as it seemed to him that more people rode in the southern states, and more crashes occurred there, too.
“It’s not surprising,” Brewster said of the list of state rankings. “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.”
The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has posted statistics on motorcycle accidents and fatalities on its website. The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Predicted that motorcycle fatalities would reach twelve percent of all traffic fatalities in the year 2018, coming to a total of 264.
The website indicates that motorcycle fatalities have been on the rise in the state, jumping by 26 percent from 2014 to 2016. In 2016, equal numbers of victims were between the ages of 30 to 39 and 50 to 59 (35 fatalities in each age group). Fewer victims were in the 20 and younger category that year than in all other age groups.
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