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Increase in Fatal Motorcycle Accidents Begin to Worry Officials, Yellowstone County


A startling image is portrayed next to an article featured in the Billings Gazette of a fatal motorcycle crash. The image shows a motorcycle helmet that has come off its deceased owner in the midst of the fatal crash and landed in front of the wrecked motorcycle. This sort of picture has become all to common for Yellowstone County. Zach Benoit of the Billings Gazette reports on the worry and concern that is continually gripping officials of Yellowstone County as the number of fatal motorcycle accidents increases.

“We’ve got a growing population,” said Police Chief Rich St. John in Benoit’s article. “ There are more people, more crashes and now more bikes. Sometimes when they interact, the results aren’t good.” The statistics on motorcycle crashes have been growing and officials are becoming increasingly alarmed as people try to find out the reason behind this. The number of motorcycle crashes have been increasing even though the overall number of car crashes has been decreasing.

Alarming Motorcycle Accidents Statistics
In the past month alone, at least four people have died in motorcycle accidents. The past two months have seen more deadly motorcycle wrecks in Yellowstone County than over the past three years combined. These statistics are following an all-time high 36 motorcycle fatalities that were reported across Montana last year. Officials worry that these stats may represent a very deadly trend.

Some Suggested Solutions to Problem of Fatal Motorcycle Crashes
Many people are searching for a cause to these alarming statistics. Some people say that is simply the growing number of people who are using motorcycles and others recognize a deeper issue going on here. “For a lot of motorists, even though there are a lot more bikes on the road now, they’re still not used to looking for bikes,” said Sue McCombs in Benoit’s article. “It’s really important to learn to make a conscious effort to try and look for motorcycles” McCombs is the co-owner of Hi-Tech Motor Sports in Billings and recognizes that the problem is shared between motorcycle drivers and those who share the road with them.

“One thing that I think is so vital is that everybody who’s out there riding should take a motorcycle safety course,” said McCombs. “They’re amazing and so necessary, even for people who have ridden their whole lives.”

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