In 2009 motorcyclists accounted for 13 percent of all traffic fatalities, 16 percent of all occupant fatalities and 4 percent of all occupants injured. Statistics also show that older and more affluent riders make up the newest group of motorcycle enthusiasts as the vehicles gain in popularity. Unfortunately, this group also accounted for half of all motorcycle fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 51 percent of motorcyclists killed in motorcycle accidents were age 40 or over, compared with 33 percent 10 years earlier. In contrast, fatalities among young motorcyclists have declined in the past 10 years, relative to other age groups. In 2008 fatalities in the under 30-year-old group dropped to 31 percent of total motorcyclists killed in crashes from 40 percent in 1998. Fatalities among motorcyclists in the 30-to 39-year-old group fell to 19 percent in 2008 from 27 percent ten years earlier.
The NHTSA also says that if all motorcyclists had worn helmets, 823 more lives would have been saved. Helmets are estimated to be 37 percent effective in preventing fatal injuries for motorcycle riders (operators) and 41 percent effective for motorcycle passengers. However, Texas exempts riders 21 years or older if they either:
- Can show proof of successfully completing a motorcycle operator training and safety course or
- Can show proof of having an insurance policy.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact Attorney Richard G. Ardoin today! He will explain your rights in common terms, and fight to get you a favorable settlement.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Motorcycle Accident Statistics 2009 Crash Data: According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2009, 4,462 people died in motorcycle crashes, down 16.0 percent from 5,312 in 2008. The 2008 deaths were the most since NHTSA began collecting data in 1975. Motorcycle crash fatalities increased every year for the 11 years ending in 2009. According to the latest data available from the Federal Highway Administration, there were 7.7 million private and commercial motorcycles on U.S. roads in 2008, compared with 135.6 million passenger cars. Some 106,000 motorcycles were involved in crashes in 2009, including property damage-only crashes, according to latest data from the NHTSA. Motorcyclists were 39 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled in 2008 and eight times more likely to be injured, according to NHTSA. The fatality rate per registered vehicle for motorcyclists in 2008 was 6 times the fatality rate for passenger car occupants, according to NHTSA. The National Insurance Crime Bureau said that motorcycle thefts fell 13 percent in 2009 from a year earlier, based on data from the National Crime Information Center of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Motorcycle thefts have declined each year from 2006 to 2009 with the largest decrease occurring between 2008 and 2009. The top five makes stolen and the top five states in thefts are shown below: