Fatal motorcycle accidents on the rise locally, nationally - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Fatal motorcycle accidents on the rise locally, nationally

Two men were killed overnight in a motorcycle crash along River Road.  The number of fatal crashes involving motorcycles is on the increase, both statewide and across the nation.

42-year-old Dewon Thompson and 43-year-old Bobby Burton, both of Louisville, were killed early Monday when they lost control of their motorcycles on a curve and left River Road near Rockledge Drive.

Both men were thrown from their bikes and pronounced dead at the scene.  Police say speeds of up to 90 miles an hour were definitely a factor.

Investigators say neither man was wearing a helmet.  They were among seven people who have died in motorcycle accidents in Kentucky just in the last week.

While the number of traffic fatalities overall has been declining, motorcycle fatalties are on the increase.

There are more motorcycles on the highways these days as people look for ways to cut gasoline costs.  Louisville Metro Police say that mean more inexperienced drivers are on the roads.

The number of motorcyle accidents in Kentucky has been on the increase for most of the decade, with 105 fatalties in the state last year -- more than double the number from just six years ago.

So far this year, 62 people have died while riding a motorcycle.  More than half were not wearing a helmet.

In 1975 47 states had helmet laws.  Today only 20 states have laws requiring helmets.

Kentucky repealed its helmet law a decade ago.  While hardly anyone believes helmet laws will return, there are ways to try to reduce such fatalities.

The Kentucky State Police have a website dedicated to motorcycle safety.

You can get to it by clicking on the News Link above.

Among other things, the KSP website allows you to sign up for a motorcycle safety course.

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