More Woman Are Riding Motorcycles and Fewer Fatal Accidents Are Occurring in Virginia
More women are riding motorcycles in Virginia and elsewhere and the trend may be contributing to a decrease in crash rates.
A report in the EMS publication JEMS said the number of female motor cyclist has soared in the past 10 years while crash fatalities – at least in Virginia – have fallen.
“Could it be that lady riders are safer? AAA and RAA say the numbers prove it and that it is no surprise,” the article stated.
Figures released by the Motorcycle Industry Council reveal the number of female motorcyclists shot up from 4.3 million in 2003 to 7.1 million in 2009 – the most recent year figures are available for.
In Virginia, from 2011 to 2013, female motorcycle endorsements increased by nearly twice (10.37 percent) that of their male endorsements (5.74 percent) while fatalities in that same time period fell by 33 percent, according to preliminary crash data provided by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Death rates for female drivers in 2012 was about one in every 7,000 (6,902), while male rider death rates were much higher, at one in about every 5,000 (4,732).
Motorcycle Industry Council spokeswoman Martha Mitchell Meade said female motorcyclists typically take fewer risks than male drivers. “Females are naturally protective, nurturing, often take less risks than males and many are mothers who want to be around to raise their children. While not all women fit this description, those who do are not only more cautious riders but would likely take safety classes and wear protective gear when riding,” she said.
The report spells good news for riders in Virginia. Overall, motorcycle endorsements rose increased 6.3 percent in the Commonwealth since 2011, while the overall percentage of motorcycle-related fatal crashes to total fatal crashes is 9 percent (a 30 percent decrease).
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