Story: Motorcycles

Fatalities and injuries

Fatalities and injuries

The rate of motorcycle fatalities and injuries has declined since the 1950s. From 1955 motorcyclists were required to wear helmets when exceeding 50 kilometres an hour. Compulsory helmets at any speed for motorcyclists and pillion riders were introduced in 1973. Laws such as these have helped reduce death and injury rates, yet motorcyclists are still 14 times more likely than a car driver to be involved in a serious accident.

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Carl Walrond, 'Motorcycles - Bikes and the law', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/graph/20726/fatalities-and-injuries (accessed 5 August 2020)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010