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Federal Government Finalizes 2021 Crash Data

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This month the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its annual report, Traffic Safety Facts 2021: A Compilation of Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Data. The 225-page report contains information on crash types, causes and participants involved. Remember that while we are nearing the end of 2023, this report is 2021 data. NHTSA spent nearly two years compiling these figures before releasing the report.

The data on motorcyclist fatalities is especially troubling. According to the report, in 2021, motorcyclists made up 13.8% of all nationwide traffic fatalities, with 5,932 motorcyclists killed on our nation’s roadways. That is the highest number since data collection began in 1975. In comparison, the pre-Covid year of 2019 saw 5,044 bikers killed.

The number of those injured on motorcycles reported in 2021 was 82,686, which is fewer than the all-time high of 104,442 in 2016. This total injury count represents 3.3% of the 2.5 million people injured in all motor vehicle crashes.

It is important to note that 2021 showed a substantial increase in motorcycles registered. The data also shows an increase in vehicle miles traveled by bikers. NHTSA data shows 9.8 million registered motorcycles with approximately 19.6 billion miles traveled in 2021. Those increases mean that while the total number of fatalities and injuries went up, fortunately, the rate per 100,000 registered motorcycles went down.

Here are other takeaways:

  • Riders accounted for 95% of deaths, while 5% were motorcycle passengers.
  • 57% of fatalities occurred by collision with another vehicle, 26% resulted from a collision with a fixed object, 4% collision with a non-fixed object, while 13% of fatalities occurred without a collision.
  • 34% of fatalities involved a rider impaired by alcohol. That number is in line with the 31% of alcohol-related fatalities nationwide.
  • Riders were wearing helmets in 59% of fatalities, while riders were not wearing helmets in 38% of fatalities. Another 3% of fatalities occurred where helmet usage was unknown.
  • 29% of fatalities involved an unlicensed rider.

While it is easy to get lost in the facts and figures, it is crucial to remember that every death is heartbreaking to members of our community. We all must do better! Alcohol-related fatalities and those involving unlicensed riders are especially disheartening, as they are avoidable. Riding sober, trained and licensed are basic steps to help protect lives.

The burden of fixing this problem involves various groups. At the state level, motorcyclists continue to fight for stronger laws against distracted drivers. Educating young drivers and holding those who break the law accountable is critical.

States like Wisconsin have passed increased registration fees with that money earmarked for motorcycle safety programs. However, motorcycle funding at the state and federal levels remains low. This past year, the federal government awarded states $5.5 million for motorcycle safety programs. With the total registered motorcycles at 9.8 million, the federal government is spending just fifty-six (56) cents per motorcycle on safety grants.

The growing prevalence of self-driving cars also should be addressed. A former NHTSA official recently spoke publicly about the threat these cars pose to bikers, yet the federal government has been slow to act.

Reports like this galvanize the groups that want to keep us off the road. However, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation will continue to fight for our safety and survival! It is up to all of us to stop the rising death toll.

To read the full report click here.

As always Ride Safe and Ride Free.

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About Motorcycle Riders Foundation: The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) provides leadership at the federal level for states’ motorcyclists’ rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and individual riders. The MRF is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. The MRF is committed to being a national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle and works in conjunction with its partners to help educate elected officials and policymakers in Washington and beyond.

Notice from the Federal Government

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from Jay Jackson, MRF, with images from Sam Burns

Establishment of the Motorcyclist Advisory Council (MAC)

NHTSA announces the establishment of MAC for a 2-year period. The MAC will coordinate with and advise the Secretary of Transportation, the NHTSA Administrator and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Administrator on transportation issues of concern to motorcyclists, including: motorcycle and motorcyclist safety; barrier and road design, construction, and maintenance practices; and the architecture and implementation of intelligent transportation system technologies.

NHTSA is also soliciting nominations for appointment to the MAC.

Applications for membership must be received by NHTSA on or before 5 p.m. EST, December 15, 2023.

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100 WFC: Shallow Grave

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100 word fiction contest continues…. #100WFC

Shallow Grave
by Rhys
(illustration by Wayfarer)

Gary finished his Triumph chopper metal flake gold with helmet to match. Out for a shakedown run. Cruising back roads all seemed good, until a truck rounded the bend on the wrong side. Both rider and bike slid off the road.

Gary awoke in the ditch his bike several feet away. In incredible deep pain, a bone protruded through his jeans. He yanked off his helmet and flung it up onto the road hoping a passerby would see it. A car stopped. The driver snatched the lid and left. Did he hear Gary’s screams?

The DWP crew found Gary’s lifeless body a week later.

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Then email us your 100 word limit fiction to the editor wayfarer@bikernet.com

WINNERS SO FAR:
1. for the month of May 2023: “Been There Done That” by Steven Sanner
2. for the month of June 2023: “A Hundred” by Chris Dutcher
3. for the month of July 2023: “First Time” by Rhys
4. for the month of August 2023: “Hilary” by Gearhead

NCOM Biker Newsbytes for July 2023

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Industry & Legislative Motorcycle News from USA and the world
Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish

This week in the news:

  • U.S. HOUSE COMMITTEE PASSES BILL PROTECTING ‘MULTIPLE-USE’ LAND
  • NATIONAL FUNDING FOR OUTDOOR RECREATION
  • VERMONT CLOSES “BASKET CASE” REGISTRATION LOOPHOLE
  • MIC WARNS OF BILLS THAT “WILL HINDER THE POWERSPORTS INDUSTRY”
  • HELP TO PRESERVE VEHICLE CHOICE
  • FIGHT FOR YOUR “RIGHT TO REPAIR”
  • and lots more

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NCOM Biker Newsbytes for June 2023

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Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish

Industry & Legislative Motorcycle News from USA and the world

THIS MONTH IN THE NCOM NEWSBYTES:

  • CORNHUSKERS REMOVE LID LAW
  • WASHINGTON STATE TO PROTECT VULNERABLE ROAD USERS
  • EUROPEAN MOTORCYCLE MARKET EXPERIENCING DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH
  • FIRST-EVER WOMEN’S RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS COMING
  • DUCATI HONORED BY ITALIAN POSTAGE STAMP
  • RIDER SETS DISTANCE RECORD
  • NEW RECORD SET FOR MOST COUNTRIES VISITED IN A DAY BY MOTORCYCLE
  • ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE PARITY ACT
  • BIPARTISAN CALL TO RE-ESTABLISH MAC (Motorcyclist Advisory Committee) AS REQUIRED BY LAW

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National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) News provides updates on motorcycle industry, market, legislation, rights of bikers, motorcyclists in USA, and motorcycle news from around the world.

The National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) is a nationwide motorcyclists rights organization serving over 2,000 NCOM Member Groups throughout the United States, with all services fully-funded through Aid to Injured Motorcyclist (AIM) Attorneys available in each state who donate a portion of their legal fees from motorcycle accidents back into the NCOM Network of Biker Services (www.ON-A-BIKE.com / 800-ON-A-BIKE).

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NCOM Biker Newsbytes for April 2023

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Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish

Industry & Legislative Motorcycle News from USA and the world

National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) News provides updates on motorcycle industry, market, legislation, rights of bikers, motorcyclists in USA, and motorcycle news from around the world.

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In the news this month

  • MSF CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF TRAINING RIDERS
  • US & EU PUSH IMMINENT DEMISE OF FOSSIL FUEL VEHICLE
  • HAWAII CONSIDERS ‘RIDE ON RED’ LEGISLATION
  • FACIAL RECOGNITION COMING TO MOTORCYCLES
  • POLICE DRONES ZERO IN ON MOTORCYCLE ROAD SAFETY
  • CALIFORNIA BILL WOULD LIFT BANS ON CRUISIN
  • LANE SPLITTING BILL FILTERS THROUGH OREGON LEGISLATURE
  • EAR PROTECTION FOR MOTORCYCLISTS

QUOTABLE QUOTE:

“We’re surrounded. That simplifies things.”
~ USMC Col. Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller during the Chosin Reservoir campaign in Korea, 1950

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NCOM Biker Newsbytes for February 2023

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Industry & Legislative Motorcycle News from USA and the world
Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish

Click Here to read the February 2023 NCOM News on Bikernet.com

  • YAMAHA PLEDGES 10 MILLION YEN TO TURKEY-SYRIA EARTHQUAKE RELIEF
  • HONDA SHOOTS FOR THE MOON
  • EUROPEAN UNION PROPOSES DIGITAL DRIVING LICENSES
  • SKILLS CRISIS OVER LACK OF YOUNG PEOPLE WORKING IN MOTORCYCLING
  • MOTORCYCLE HELMET MARKET EXPECTED TO GROW SUBSTANTIALLY
  • CONNECTICUT LEGISLATION COULD INVOKE DONOR-CYCLISTS
  • RIDER SAVED BY SMARTWATCH AFTER FALL FROM CLIFF ON HIS MOTORCYCLE
  • JAY LENO SUFFERS SERIOUS MOTORCYCLE CRASH
  • SAFETY INSTITUTE BACKS CAT-ASTROPHIC ROAD RULES
  • NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM TO PERMANENTLY CLOSE
  • SAVE THE DATE – 38TH ANNUAL NCOM CONVENTION IN ARIZONA

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NCOM Biker Newsbytes for December 2022

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Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish

Industry & Legislative Motorcycle News from USA and the world

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This month’s NCOM news covers topics as varied as:

  • Congress requires NHTSA to force Automakers to monitor drivers
  • Best and Worst Drivers in the USA presented State-wise
  • Unvaccinated at higher risk of Traffic Accidents claims Canadian researchers studying encrypted government records
  • The Road to Decarbonization
  • European Motorcycle group calls to make Motorcycling affordable
  • First Honda ‘Electric Motorcycle’ on Parade
  • Yamaha goes green with Plant-based materials for future bike designs
  • Romanian motorcyclists obligated to carry fire extinguishers

THE AIM / NCOM MOTORCYCLE E-NEWS SERVICE is brought to you by Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) and the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM), and is sponsored by the Law Offices of Richard M. Lester.

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NCOM Biker Newsbytes for November 2022

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Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish

National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) News provides updates on motorcycle industry, market, legislation, rights of bikers, motorcyclists in USA, and motorcycle news from around the world.

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  • AVID MOTORCYCLIST ELECTED AGAIN TO NEW HAMPSHIRE HOUSE
  • ARIZONA SENATOR CALLS FOR PASSAGE OF THE RPM ACT
  • U.S. LAWMAKERS PURSUE “RIGHT TO REPAIR” CONSUMER PROTECTIONS
  • HARLEY HIT WITH ANOTHER RIGHT-TO-REPAIR LAWSUIT
  • EUROPE MOVES TO BAN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES
  • INTERNATIONAL TREATY AGAINST FOSSIL FUELS FLOATED AT U.N. CLIMATE SUMMIT
  • WORLD’S BIGGEST BIKE SHOW BREAKS NEW RECORDS
  • SUZUKI-POWERED DRONE TAKES FLIGHT

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NCOM Biker Newsbytes for October 2022

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Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish

In the news this month:

  • Arizona Lane Filtering Law
  • Attack on Noise in California
  • Federal Answer on Anti-Biker Profiling
  • Cost of charging e-bike as much as refueling an ICE engine bike
  • Linking Russian Attacks to Potholes in UK
  • Plant-based Asphalt from France
  • Now Watch Videos while you ‘Drive’ a Self-driving Car
  • Gamers to explore Poke-universe on Motorcycles

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THE AIM / NCOM MOTORCYCLE E-NEWS SERVICE is brought to you by Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) and the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM), and is sponsored by the Law Offices of Richard M. Lester. If you’ve been involved in any kind of accident, call us at 1-(800) ON-A-BIKE or visit www.ON-A-BIKE.com.

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