Many people ride for enjoyment and to get around. In recent years, the rise in gasoline prices has increased the number of motorcyclist on the roads and we have seen the number of motorcycle fatalities rise as well.
For motorcyclist, nationally the annual five-year average between 2011 amd 2007 has exceeded 4,800 deaths. A motorcycle fatality occurs every about every two hours. - NHSTA
The Issue in the Kansas City Region
Motorcycles (and motorized scooters) tend to be cost- and fuel-efficient forms of transportation and their popularity are evident by the number of riders seen throughout the Kansas City region. However, motorcyclists face greater risks of injuries from crashes than passengers of cars and trucks since they are not protected by the vehicle infrastructure. As a result, motorcycle users tend to have high rates of fatalities and disabling injuries when compared to the proportion of all other roadway users, even though they comprise of a very small amount of total roadway users.
What You Can Do
Always wear a DOT-approved helmet.
Never ride your motorcycle after drinking. Alcohol greatly impairs your ability to safely operate a motorcycle. If you have been drinking, get a ride home or call a taxi.
Don't let friends ride impaired. Take their keys away.
Wear protective clothing that provides some level of injury protection. Upper body clothing should include bright colors or reflective materials, so that other motorists can more easily see you.
Maintain a safe speed and exercise caution when traveling over slippery surfaces or gravel.