Category: Motorcycle Accidents

June 23, 2016

Since 2012 repeal, motorcycle fatalities have increased 26% and fatalities for motorcyclists not wearing helmets have increased 1,000% – even with registrations down nearly 4% First, the undisputed facts: Motorcycle accident deaths are up 26% since the 2012 repeal of Michigan’s motorcycle helmet law. Fatalities for motorcycle operators not wearing a helmet are up approximately …

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May 3, 2016

Sobering thoughts on how we can better protect motorcyclists from being hit by cars May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. But designating something as an “awareness month” doesn’t really do much good if the driving public doesn’t truly get the message about how we can better protect the lives of Michigan motorcyclists. I speak at a …

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January 28, 2016

Study shows deaths at motorcycle accident and crash scenes have quadrupled This is one case where I wish my predictions after Gov. Snyder repealed our mandatory motorcycle helmet law were wrong.  I said in April 2012, when I was asked by the newspapers what would happen after Michigan’s motorcycle helmet repeal became law, that sadly …

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October 5, 2015

Introduced last week, SB 527 will save lives by proposing all motorcycle riders – and moped drivers under 19 – wear helmets When Gov. Snyder made the sad and disappointing choice to sign the motorcycle helmet repeal in April 2012, he made a calculated political decision to sacrifice the public good in order to appease …

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July 15, 2015

I recently wrote a blog post about PLPD insurance and I received an interesting question from a motorcycle owner in response: Q. How does Michigan motorcycle insurance come into play with PLPD? I have a car with “standard cheapest insurance” and am going to buy a bike [motorcycle], how does this play into my insurance? …

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June 13, 2015

Motorcycle safety advocate Dan Petterson of SMARTER wraps up this guest series on motorcycle accident deaths in Michigan with a look at current safety programs This is the last post by Dan Petterson, president of motorcycle safety group SMARTER.  Dan has been delving into motorcycle crashes, injury and death statistics, in efforts to help enthusiasts …

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May 16, 2015

Safety advocate Dan Petterson’s idea of a “SMARTER” way to calculate motorcycle crashes and subsequent deaths, in efforts to prevent them Dan Petterson is president of the Michigan-based motorcycle safety group SMARTER.  As a motorcycle safety advocate, Dan is active in helping motorcycle enthusiasts remain on the roads. The inspiration for this blog, Dan says, …

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May 9, 2015

Michigan-based motorcycle safety advocate Dan Petterson of SMARTER offers an alternative measure to calculate motorcycle crash death rate My friend Dan Petterson, president of motorcycle safety and advocacy group SMARTER, continues today with a look at how we can better measure motorcycle accident fatalities based on the general population, and then use this information to help …

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April 10, 2015

Motorcycle safety advocate Dan Petterson of SMARTER discusses a better way to measure motorcycle accidents than registrations Today’s post is from Dan Petterson, president of the motorcycle safety group SMARTER. As a leading motorcycle safety advocate in Michigan, Dan’s  goal is to help motorcycle owners and enthusiasts stay safe and informed.  He and I met …

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