Georgia Fatal Motorcycle Crash Statistics
Georgia law requires that all motorcycle riders wear a helmet whenever they are operating a bike or riding as a passenger. The effectiveness of this law is reflected in state’s motorcycle fatality statistics reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showing that of the 152 rider deaths that occurred in 2015 traffic crashes –
- 138 of these riders were wearing a helmet at the time of the crash
- 10 were not wearing helmets
- 4 were reportedly unknown
According to the NHTSA, an estimated 84 lives were saved in 2015 by the use of helmets. Unfortunately, the government agency estimates that an additional four lives would have been saved if all riders would have worn their helmets every time they traveled. As effective as helmets are at saving lives, there’s no reason for any rider to every mount up without putting on their headgear.
While these numbers seem low, 2015’s results are unfortunately the highest results recorded within the last 7 years. In 2008, a total of 178 motorcycle fatalities were recorded. In 2009 the number decreased to 140 deaths, and it has seen a steady increase each year.
In the state of Georgia, over 190,000 motorcycles are registered each year. In 2014, there were approximately 68 deaths per 100,000 registered motorcycles. This number has increased as well over the last 3 years. In 2011, per the FHWA, 75 death occurred for every 100,000 bikes that were registered.
Georgia has a staggering 159 counties within its state borders. Only four counties reported 6 to 15 motorcycle fatalities in each. These were the highest number reported, with the remainder of the counties having zero fatalities reported or 1 to 5 motorcycle deaths.