Motorcycling is a popular pastime here in south Louisiana. Nationwide in 2014, it is estimated by the Federal Highway Administration that there were 8.4 million motorcycles ridden on the road. Most motorcycle riders accept the inherent risks of riding as a trade-off for the enjoyment they derive from the activity.
Acknowledging the dangers can actually keep riders safer. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 4,586 individuals died in 2014 in motorcycle accidents. If that seems high, the total is 2.3 percentage points less than the total the previous year, which was 4,692.