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Study Finds When Gas Prices Go Up, So Do Motorcycle Accidents

Wednesday, December 17, 2014  
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As gas prices rose in recent years, so did motorcyclist injuries and deaths, a new study suggests.  In times of gas increases, more people start using motorcycles and many of those riders are inexperienced, the researchers explained.  They examined data gathered between 2002 and 2011 in California, which has the highest number of motorcycle registrations in the United States and the third highest number of motorcyclist deaths.  The analysis revealed a strong association between rising gas prices and an increasing number of motorcycle registrations, along with motorcyclist injuries and deaths. But it did not prove a cause-and-effect link.  Between 2002 and 2011, higher gas prices resulted in an additional 800 deaths and 10,290 injuries among motorcyclists in California, according to the study published online in the journal Injury Prevention.  Click here to read more.....

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