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Traffic Fatalities Lowest Since 1950 – Motorcycle News

10NR25 – MRF News Release – Traffic Fatalities Lowest Since 1950 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10 September 2010
Contact: Jeff Hennie, Government Relations and Public Affairs Traffic Fatalities Lowest Since 1950 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a division of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). has released the 2009 yearly traffic fatality numbers, reports the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF). The report shows that traffic fatalities are at the lowest in this country since 1950. The DOT said that traffic deaths fell 9.7 percent in 2009 to 33,808, the lowest number since 1950. In 2008, an estimated 37,423 people died on the highways.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called the new data “a landmark achievement for public health and safety,” but cautioned that too many people are killed on the road each year. Forty-one states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico saw reductions in highway fatalities, led by Florida, with 422 fewer deaths, and Texas, down 405. Motorcycle-related deaths were down 16 percent, the first drop in the past 11 years, from 5,312 in 2008 to 4,462 in 2009. “Of course a one year drop is encouraging but can hardly be called a trend,” said Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs. “We in the motorcycling community need to continue to push for proper rider education and motorist awareness campaigns in order to establish a true trend.” Motorcycle related injuries were also down 6.3 percent from ’08 to ’09, more encouraging news. Pinning the fall in deaths to a single source is difficult. Some will say that the economic slowdown reduced vehicle travel, but that’s just not true. The vehicle miles traveled for 2009 is slightly higher than it was in 2008, about 0.2 percent.

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Motorcycle Clothes to Style or Protect?

 How do you vote? Styling or protection? What do you need to consider about the type of clothing to wear when riding your motorcycle? First and foremost, repeat, you need protection from injury. However, you can still be styling while riding your bike!

 There nothing like laying your bike down on asphalt, rapidly skidding down the black hell with visions of I am going to die in your head, plus leaving lots of your skin on the street to get you to think about wearing protective clothing while riding your motorcycle. If you are like most people, you think about injuries from falling (impact) or abrasions from skidding. Both of these types of injuries can be very painful especially if you survive them. Good news, clothing can play an important part in reducing the injury level in both types of these injuries.

 Did you know that 30% (50% at night) of drivers involved in accidents with motorcycles claim they didn’t see the bike? I can’t count the times I have had to dodge cars who I know just didn’t see me. If they had been watching for cars, it would not have been an issue. How many times have you not seen a motorcyclist and you are even more aware of them than the average driver? Driving in your neighborhood on your bike could be highly dangerous. Approximately 90% of urban motorcycle accidents are caused the other driver not by the motorcyclist. Riding with your headlights on is very important to being seen. Bright colors or reflective stripes can help a lot.

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Trial date set for woman charged with manslaughter

By Louis Ojeda Jr. and John Cuoco

WACO – A judge has denied a plea deal for a woman charged with manslaughter for allegedly causing an auto accident which killed a man last year.

“I believe this is what the majority of the biker community wants, they want this on her record as a felony,” Jason Harris, a friend of the victim, said.

In December, Trena Evette Mitchell, 39-years-old, who is legally blind, reportedly killed a motorcyclist after failing to yield right of way while making a left turn on East Lake Shore Drive.

The motorcyclist, Richard Schroeder, was delivering charity Christmas toys that afternoon.

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Woman found guilty in fatal ‘nail polish’ crash

Woman found guilty in fatal ‘nail polish’ crash

May 7, 2010 6:03 AM | 113 Comments | UPDATED STORY

Had Lora Hunt been eating a sandwich or dialing her cell phone instead of polishing her nails when she struck and killed a motorcyclist, she would not now stand convicted of reckless homicide, her lawyer contends.

But prosecutor Mike Mermel said there’s a big difference between polishing nails and other forms of distracted driving. “It is not the same as biting a sandwich … it’s a voluntary disablement,” he said. “She might as well have been in the back seat making a sandwich.”

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Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures from the Hurt Report

Throughout the accident and exposure data there are special observations which relate to accident and injury causation and characteristics of the motorcycle accidents studied. These findings are summarized as follows:

1. Approximately three-fourths of these motorcycle accidents involved collision with another vehicle, which was most often a passenger automobile.

2. Approximately one-fourth of these motorcycle accidents were single vehicle accidents involving the motorcycle colliding with the roadway or some fixed object in the environment.

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