Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Motorcycle riding is more popular today than ever, but recent statistics show that not along with an increase in popularity, we have also seen an increase in motorcycle accidents. You may find the following motorcycle accident statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration interesting.

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What Are The Statistics?

  • Sales of all types of two-wheeled motorcycles reached over 1 million in 2008, an increase of 11% from the previous years.
  • Motorcycle fatalities reached an alarming rate of 5,290 in 2008, the highest level tracked by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration since 1975.
  • According to the “Hurt” report, 75% of accidents were found to involve a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle.
  • Motorcycles equipped with fairings and windshields are less likely to be involved in an accident because these items add to the visibility of the motorcycle.
  • Motorcycle crash fatalities have increased every year for the past 11 years.
  • The Hurt Report states, “Almost half of the fatal accidents show alcohol involvement” and “injury severity increases with speed, alcohol involvement and motorcycle size.”
  • Use of safety gear, helmets, and protective clothing significantly reduces injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.
  • The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominate cause of all motorcycle accidents.
  • The fatality rate per registered vehicle for motorcyclists in 2008 was 6 times the fatality rate for passenger car occupants, according to NHTSA.
  • 35% of all bikers involved in fatal crashes in 2008 were speeding.
  • Per vehicle mile traveled, bikers are about 37 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash and 9 times more likely to be injured.
  • Of the motorcycle operators killed in 2008, 30% had a Blood Alcohol Level of .08 or higher.
  • Helmets are estimated to be 37% effective in preventing a fatal injury.
  • In 2007, there were about 75% more motorcycles registered now than there were 10 years ago.
  • In 2007, 49% of bikers killed in crashes were over the age of 40.
  • Helmets are estimated to be 41% effective in preventing fatal injuries for motorcycle passengers.
  • Of the young motorcycle operators ages 15 to 20 involved in fatal crashes in 2008, more than one-third (43%) were either unlicensed, or driving with an invalid motorcycle license.
  • In a study conducted in 2006, it was found that vehicle failure accounted for less than 3% of motorcycle accidents, and most of those were single vehicle accidents where control was lost due to a puncture flat tire.
  • Weather is a factor in only 2% of motorcycle accidents.
  • Most motorcycle accidents occur during a short trip and occur near the destination, such as the rider’s home.
  • 92% of riders involved in a motorcycle accident were self-taught or learned from family or friends.
  • Most fatal motorcycle injuries result from trauma to the head or chest.
  • Nearly 10% of all motorcycle riders involved in an accident failed to carry adequate insurance coverage.

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