Title

Gasoline Prices and Their Relationship to Rising Motorcycle Fatalities, 1990-2007

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

American Journal of Public Health

ISSN

0090-0036

Volume

99

Issue

10

DOI

10.2105/AJPH.2009.159590

First Page

1753

Last Page

1758

Publication Date

October 2009

Abstract

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among young adults. Although automobile fatalities have declined in recent years, motorcycle fatalities are rapidly increasing. The purpose of our research was to quantify the relationship between changing fuel prices and motorcycle fatalities. Our findings suggest that people increasingly rely on motorcycles to reduce their fuel costs in response to rising gasoline prices. We estimate that use of motorcycles and scooters instead of 4-wheeled vehicles results in over 1500 additional motorcycle fatalities annually for each dollar increase in gas prices. Motorcycle safety should receive more attention as a leading public health issue.