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Motorcycle fatalities and gas prices have strong relationship

GasBuddy Blog -- Gasoline prices have a strong influence on the economy, how much we drive, and many other factors. Now we have solid evidence that higher gasoline prices have another drawback: they lead to more motorcyclist deaths.

According to data from the NHTSA and the GHSA, motorcycle deaths hit a peak in 2008, also a year that the national average hit its highest ever point- $4.122/gallon, according to GasBuddy gas price data. In years when gasoline prices remained at elevated levels, the number of motorcyclists who lost their lives also were at elevated levels.

While awareness programs have likely assisted in keeping vehicle drivers in the know about how to avoid motorcycle accidents, educational programs haven't had the positive...


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FieroGT
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 3:06:46 PM

Huh, really?
playtimeCLE
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 10:59:20 AM

Some times I wonder what would happen if some of the guys I work with that ride bikes had a fatal accident.
VomVom
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Message Posted: Nov 22, 2012 1:16:45 PM

Makes sense.
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 10:32:48 PM

ya think????
gasokie
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 12:14:07 PM

I sort of doubt this reasoning.
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 5:01:37 AM

hmmmmmm
99dakota
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 4:02:49 AM

This article states the obvious.
benjy
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2012 9:30:53 PM

duh...and more people hit the beaches when the weather turns warmer...
txrojo2005
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2012 10:33:06 AM

I agree with paulweb, "But according to the current regime, we are not paying enough for gasoline".
paulweb
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2012 10:11:15 AM

But according to the current regime, we are not paying enough for gasoline.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 8:51:58 PM

Higher gas prices more motorcycles on the road = more fatalities
clpassenubye
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2012 8:57:27 PM

unfortunately its true
Vette1967
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 8:45:47 PM

If you say so.
clpassenubye
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 10:22:12 AM

yes they do
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2012 11:28:35 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2012 11:27:40 AM

K
oldhillbillyAZ
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2012 1:51:05 AM

gasokie I think you are confused...

As a M/C rider I have more than enough Insurance to pay for any damage I do to the other driver and or his vehicle.
I'm sorry to inform you it's the Moron in the car talking on his cell phone that better have "Good" insurance when he hits me. I won't be collecting a dime from the taxpayers... but you can bet your "Bippy" my wife and my lawyer will be collecting every penny they can from the driver and the insurance company of someone that hits me.
I know a number of paralyzed people that are being supported by the taxpayers... however their injuries were not from a motorcycle....It was from serving in the Military.... and I as a taxpayer, believe they earned every penny they get and then some.
gasokie
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2012 5:22:25 PM

I have no objections) to the bikers but wish they would make 'em buy lots of insurance. It cost a lot to maintain a paralyzed motorcycle rider for 40 or 50 years as they just lay there on the taxpayer's dime.
retired23
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2012 3:34:00 PM

And then there's the suicidal California vehicle code rule that allows motorcyclists to split lanes. You know, when the traffic is going slow the motorcyclist can drive between the vehicles on the lane stripes doing whatever death-defying speed they want. We call them organ-donors.........
clpassenubye
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2012 9:55:02 AM

heard about 2 motorcycle fatalities last night
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2012 6:08:48 AM

defensive driving is 100% what the bike riders must do. HEADLIGHTS are a must and I see so many riders without the headlight on. I'm a bike rider and yet there have been times when in my car that I don't see a rider until the last minute. So it's all about the rider being aware of everything and everyone.
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 7:03:16 AM

Not to mention bikes driving in weather conditions they may have opted out of and the inexperienced drivers that needed to save a buck.
garywa01
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 12:07:00 AM

Unfortunately, it makes sense.
pricewar
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 9:24:07 PM

Hey capriceWagon, don't let this article stop you from having a bike.
take a defensive motorcycle class. they teach you how to handle a bike,
how to lay it down if the situation occurs. what to look for in traffic.
all the good stuff. plus they help you pass the license exam. a must
class to take.
pricewar
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 9:14:21 PM

thats right learn from others; it might save your life.
And for Timons, you are right. you would think that
the NHTSA and the GHSA would include that in the article.
another words, instead... this article says speed also kills.
think about it.
Timons
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 6:33:55 PM

Unfortunate.

A question - what proportion of those motorcyclists who perished has recently started to drive a motorcycle - due to high gasoline prices?
CapriceWagon
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 9:37:35 AM

I was thinking about getting a bike, but I think my life is more valuable than a few dollars saved on gas. You're really putting your life in the hands of all the other morons on the road.
mpg611
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 8:15:48 PM

If this is true, then how come the so called 'pro life' Republicans are not calling for lower gas prices?
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 6:28:15 PM

that is true
clpassenubye
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 3:30:11 PM

Gas goes up more people buy motorcycles to spend less on gas therefore more inexperienced motorcycle drivers on the road which equals more motorcycle fatalities.
sparky808
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 2:04:51 PM

old post.
caddilac
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 12:45:42 PM


Nothing new here.
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 12:36:00 PM

old news
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 12:33:17 PM

old stuff
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 12:32:06 PM

Yesterdays post...
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 12:31:53 PM

old
repeater1
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 12:31:00 PM

yesterdays post
SandeeC
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 12:30:53 PM

Old news but as I said before, it's to be expected. People use bikes to save gas bucks - and pay with their lives. Bikes are harder to see by drivers and drivers (unfortunately) don't care. Plus the added risk - if there is an accident, the biker has no chance, or very little, of survival.
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 12:30:19 PM

Old news.
Felix2009
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 12:28:41 PM

Save money useing less gas and take a big chance on the road with a bike.
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 12:27:42 PM

Old news.
NickoliMB
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 12:26:55 PM

No doubt everyone out there is looking for places to save a few bucks. Too bad the corporations who gouge the consdumer don't have some compassion...Fat Chance!!
joanne_abrahams
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 12:25:38 PM

It's interesting that during 2010, motorcycle deaths kept on going down while gas prices kept on going up.
How do you explain that?
HA4CNN
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 12:25:16 PM

That's the way it works.
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 12:24:23 PM

gas prices go up, more ride bikes to save $, more collisions probable...
nstrdnvstr
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 12:22:21 PM

You have to be extra careful on a bike. LtRTH is right, you have to assume that no one sees you.
divebomber
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 12:20:07 PM

MAKES SENSE THE MORE BIKES ON THE ROAD THE MORE PROBABILITY OF ACCIDENTS!
LtRTH
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 12:14:48 PM

I'll say it again. You have to drive a bike like no one else on the road sees you. Defensive driving to the max.
Lologogo
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 12:10:50 PM

they also go up with peoples stupidity :o)
eddyp94
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 12:08:46 PM

Too many people buy motorcycles and don't know how to ride them...
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