GAO Says Motorcycle Crashes Cost $ 16 Billion
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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports the annual cost of motorcycle crashes totals $ 16 billion. The GAO findings, published in a November report for congressional committees, sourced data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as well as other government agencies. It also consulted with officials from 16 states, and conducted interviews with industry organizations, including the AMA and MSF. The report recommends that Congress allow more flexibility for states to use NHTSA funding, which is currently restricted to only motorcycle training and motorist awareness.

(Download the full 65-page GAO Motorcycle Safety Report in PDF)

The GAO’s $ 16 billion annual cost was tallied for motorcycle accidents in the year 2010. Approximately 95,000 motorcycle accidents occurred that year, with 4423 fatalities. The report projects costs, adjusted for inflation, from an earlier 2002 study by NHTSA, which analyzed accidents in the year 2000.

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