Motorcycle Accident Statistics Highlight Crash Risks & How Riders Can Limit Them
Motorcycles can be thrilling, cost-effective ways to get around, especially during warmer seasons. Unfortunately, however, the thrill of riding does come with some risk, as motorcycles lack the same stability, safety features and protections that passenger vehicles usually provide.
This can end up meaning that riders are far more susceptible to sustaining serious, potentially life-threatening injuries in the event of a crash.
To elucidate the nature of these risks, as well as how often motorcycle accidents occur in the U.S., below are some statistics1, along with some takeaways about what riders can do to protect themselves and minimize their risk of motorcycle crashes.
General Motorcycle Accident Statistics
- On average, riders are about 26 times more likely than those in passenger vehicles to be killed in a traffic accident per mile traveled.
- Per mile traveled, riders are about 5 times more likely than those in passenger vehicles to be injured in traffic accident.
- Per registered vehicle in the U.S. motorcycle riders are about 6 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be involved in a fatal traffic crash.
- Although motorcycles only comprise about 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the U.S., they are involved in about 11 percent of all traffic accidents that occur annually.
- More than half of all motorcycle accidents involve at least two vehicles.
- When two vehicles are involved in motorcycle accidents, about 40 percent of the time, these accidents occur when other motorists are turning left in from of riders.
- In about 43 percent of all single-vehicle, fatal motorcycle accidents, riders had blood alcohol contents (BACs) of at least 0.08.
- Speeding is a factor in at least 1 in every 3 fatal motorcycle accidents.
- Wearing a DOT-approved safety helmet can reduce riders’ risk of sustaining a fatal head injury in a motorcycle accident by about 40 to 45 percent.
- While it’s estimated that safety helmets save about 1,700 riders’ lives each year in the U.S., researchers have extrapolated that at least 780 additional lives could be saved if more riders wore helmets, regardless of whether a state has mandatory helmet laws.
Safety Tips for Riders
The above statistics reveal some important facts about what can increase riders’ risk of collisions and what they can do to minimize this risk. Just some essential safety tips for riders include to:
- Get safety training before riding for the first time or when riding in new conditions (such as mountainous terrain).
- Always wear a safety helmet and other protective gear.
- Always comply with traffic laws.
- Never ride when drunk, impaired, distracted and/or exhausted.
- Assume that other motorists do not see you and ride defensively.
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1: Published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)