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Colorado motorcyclist fatalities remain stable

The number of motorcyclists who died on Colorado roads in 2018 stayed steady when compared to previous years, statistics with the Colorado Department of Transportation show.

Colorado roads saw 102 motorcyclist fatalities in 2018, 16.5 percent of the total fatalities among drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists, CDOT reports.

CDOT does not offer how these fatalities occurred. When a family suffers the loss of a loved one in a motorcycle accident, determining who is at fault is one of the key services a lawyer can facilitate.

Meanwhile, state officials offer motorcycle safety classes and a special motorcycle license endorsement tied to safety training.

Previous motorcyclist deaths

The number of motorcyclist fatalities has grown from 73 in 2002 to a high of 125 in 2016, while the number of fatalities as a percentage of total traffic deaths has remained steady since 2007:

  • 2002 - 73 fatalities, 9.8 percent of total traffic deaths
  • 2003 - 70, 10.9 percent
  • 2004 - 81, 12.1 percent
  • 2005 - 87, 14.4 percent
  • 2006 - 74, 13.8 percent
  • 2007 - 90, 16.2 percent
  • 2008 - 98, 17.9 percent
  • 2009 - 88, 18.9 percent
  • 2010 - 82, 18.2 percent
  • 2011 - 78, 17.4 percent
  • 2012 - 79, 16.7 percent
  • 2013 - 87, 18.1 percent
  • 2014 - 94, 19.3 percent
  • 2015 - 105, 19.2 percent
  • 2016 - 125, 20.6 percent
  • 2017 - 103, 15.9 percent
  • 2018 - 102, 16.5 percent

Colorado training

CDOT reports that of the 105 motorcyclists killed in 2015, 35 percent lacked a motorcycle endorsement on their driver's license, or even had a license at all.

Drivers of scooters or any other vehicle with power under 50cc, or any vehicle with a speed capacity of 40 miles per hour of less, do not need a motorcycle classification on a valid driver's license to drive.

To drive a motorcycle, you need an endorsement on your license. To get one, you need to pass a written test and riding test at a Colorado DMV office.

The state also offers Motorcycle Operator Safety Training (MOST) classes through private vendors. These classes promote motorcycle safety awareness and, at the conclusion, those who pass the course can get a motorcycle endorsement at the DMV with no further tests needed.

No matter how you or your loved ones receive safety training, it is very important to drive with care and caution when on Colorado roads.

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