Connecticut Fatal Crash Statistics
Between 2013 and 2015, Connecticut saw a small drop in the number of motorcycle riders who died in traffic crashes. While any decrease is good, deaths dropped only from 57 to 53 during that time after rising to a ten-year high of 63 in 2008 and a low of 37 in 2011.
In the state of Connecticut, anyone under the age of 18 is required to wear a helmet when riding, but adult riders are not. In 2015, 20 of the total motorcycle death were wearing helmets, 31 were not wearing any protective headgear, and use was unknown in one death. The motorcycle fatalities that are recorded as wearing no helmets in the last 10 years has always been higher than those who did wear helmets. Only in 2013 did the helmeted deaths exceed the unhelmeted deaths, and only by 2 fatalities.
Wearing a helmet can possibly save a life. Even though Connecticut does not require anyone over the age of 18 to wear protective headwear, it is estimated that 12 lives were saved at current helmet use. This is, unfortunately, a decrease over the past 3 years. These estimates are based only where helmet use was known.
The state of Connecticut has 8 counties. Of these 8 counties, Hartford and New Haven counties had the most fatalities total, including pedestrian, vehicle, and motorcycle. Four counties including both Hartford and New Haven had the highest number of motorcycle fatalities, with each of the counties reporting 6 to 15 deaths. The remaining four counties only reported 1 to 5 motorcycle deaths. Hartford and New Haven are the second and third most populated counties in the state. The most populous are Fairfield County which also fell into the 6 to 15 motorcycle fatality group.