August Top Month for Motorcycle Thefts in Washington
Allstate Insurance offers tips for riders across the state
Marysville, Wash., – (August 16, 2016) As summer revs into full gear, Allstate Insurance encourages Washington motorcyclists to protect their bikes and themselves – particularly this month.
According to a recent report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), Motorcycle thefts across the United States were up 6 percent in 2015.i In Washington, more than 1,000 motorcycle were stolen last year – with August being thieves’ favorite time to swipe your ride.
“Summer in Washington offers some of the best roads and most breathtaking views for riders,” says Marysville Allstate Agency Owner Zachary Hubbell. “However, thieves know this too, and with more motorcycles out on our roads that means more opportunities for thieves to strike, so Washington riders need to be extra vigilant this season.”
According to the NICB, Washington ranks No. 14 among states for motorcycle thefts, with August being the peak month for motorcycle thefts, occurring 12 percent of the time.i
And while Washington riders keep an eye on their bikes, Allstate also offers motorcycle safety tips for all those who ride.
Ride With Peace of Mind
Bike theft shouldn’t be the only thing on riders’ minds this season. Despite an increased focus on safety for all motorists, motorcycle fatalities have steadily increased over the past decade. According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association®, 4,486 motorcyclists lost their lives on America’s roads in 2014. Before you pop the clutch, here are a few tips to help keep you safer when riding:
- Take a Motorcycle Rider Safety Course. This will help prepare you to hit the road safely and with increased confidence. Even experienced motorcyclists can continue to learn and improve their riding skills with additional training.
- Always Wear a Helmet. Head injuries are the leading cause of deathii in motorcycle crashes. According to government studies, riders without a helmet are 40 percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury in a crash and three times more likely to suffer brain injuries than those with helmets.
- Watch for Road Hazards. Wet leaves, sand, gravel, debris or pebbles can cause a bike to slide unexpectedly, easily resulting in a spill. If you can’t avoid a hazard, slow down as much as possible and avoid abrupt throttle or brake inputs while keeping steering corrections to a minimum.
- Ride Defensively. Be extra alert, especially with the proliferation of cellphone use and texting behind the wheel.
- Don’t Drink and Ride. Never ride while intoxicated. Alcohol not only slows your reaction time but gives many riders a false sense of confidence, often leading to increased risk taking and poor judgment. Staying safe when riding requires you to be hyper-aware of everything that’s going on around you.
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. Now celebrating its 85th anniversary as an insurer, Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” Allstate agencies are in virtually every local community in America. In 2015, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $36 million to support local communities.
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i National Insurance Crime Bureau (NCIB)®, 2015 Motorcycle Theft and Recovery (through 02/08/2016) Report, 2016
ii National Transportation Safety Board: http://www.ntsb.gov/safety/safety-alerts/Documents/SA_012.pdf