Motorcycle Deaths, Injuries Cost $ 16 Billion, Says Government Report
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Those itching to splurge on a shiny new bike may want to think twice.

A new government report says direct costs from deaths and injuries caused by motorcycle accidents were $ 16 billion in 2010, but the full cost is likely higher because long-term medical expenses are difficult to measure.

The Government Accountability Office report says 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.

Motorcycles are popular among Latinos and the industry has taken notice. In 2009, the Harley-Davidson Motor Company launched a new section on their site dedicated to “Harlistas,” also known as Harley riders of Latino heritage. Users were encouraged to submit personal stories, photos and videos about their experiences on the open road. The company also has expanded to Latin America because it sees the region as a big growth area. 

However, the rise of crashes caused by motorcycles is proving to be costly in several ways.

While 439,678 motorcycles were sold in the U.S. 2010, the report states there were 82,000 injuries and 4,502 deaths……………. continues on Fox News

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Motorcycle deaths, injuries cost $ 16 billion each year
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Posted by Scott T. Smith / CBS12 News
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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…………… continues on WPEC

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