Motorcycle deaths, injuries cost $ 16 billion in 2010
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Direct costs from deaths and injuries due to motorcycle crashes were $ 16 billion in 2010, but the full cost is likely higher because long-term medical expenses are difficult to measure, a government report said.

Motorcyclists are involved in fatal crashes at higher rates than drivers of other types of vehicles, and are 30 times more likely to die in a traffic crash than passenger car occupants, according to the Government Accountability Office report.

In 2010, 82,000 motorcyclists were injured and 4,502 were killed in crashes, the report said. The average cost for a fatal crash was estimated at $ 1.2 million, while the cost for injuries ranged from $ 2,500 to $ 1.4 million depending upon the severity.

It’s difficult to determine the full costs with accuracy because some types of costs are difficult to measure, the report said. For example, treating serious injuries can be long and expensive, but follow-up analyses of costs are conducted only for a few years. Also, other consequences of long-term injuries such as changes in employment and living status can’t be fully measured, the report said.

Laws requiring all motorcyclists to wear helmets are the only strategy proven effective in reducing fatalities and injuries, the report said. Several studies have estimated helmets reduce the risk of death by as much as 39 percent, the report said. The Nat…………… continues on Peoria, IL – – Peoria Journal Star

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Honda Motorcycle & Scooters India Limited (HMSI) plant in Manesar, Haryana have decided to counter rising diesel costs and enhance plant energy efficiency due to which they have installed GEs Gas Engines – Jenbacher cogeneration units which function on natural gas to offer 4 megawatts of power.

These Jenbacher units will go a long way in lowering energy costs at the Manesar plant as the company is on the road to enhancing production to keep up with increased demand. HMSI Manesar plant produces about 1.6 million scooters and motorcycles per annum while HMSI plant in Tapukara produces 1.2 million units and third HMSI plant in Bangalore has capacity to produce a further 1.2 million units. The company has set a target of increasing total plant production to 10 million units by 2020.

Following additional fuel costs, HMSI decided to replace four of the diesel generators with GE natural gas fuelled CHP units. Two generators of GE 2 MW Jenbacher J612 combines heat and power and was commissioned in March 2012 which will take the place of four of the present 1 MW generator sets which will result in a saving of…………… continues on Rush Lane

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