Georgia Motorcycle Crash Statistics
Georgia reported 152 motorcycle fatalities in 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This number was up from the 137 reported in 2014 and even more so from the 116 in 2013. However, the numbers have decreased from 2008 when 163 were reported and 2008 when there were 178 deaths.
Of the total for 2015, 138 were wearing helmets while 10 did not and 4 were unknown. Georgia has a universal helmet law, which means that all riders must wear a helmet regardless of age. Because of the law, there were 84 lives saved in 2015 while another four could have been saved if everyone had obeyed the law.
There were 199,575 motorcycles registered in Florida in 2014, which is down slightly from previous years. The rate of fatalities per 100,000 registrations is 68.65, which is up slightly from 57.96 in 2013. The majority of riders killed in motorcycle accidents in 2015 were in the 20-29 age range with 47. The lowest rate was those 20 years old and younger with only two deaths. In fact, the number of victims between 20 and 29 was almost double any other age range.
Around half of the counties in Georgia reported at least one motorcycle-related death in 2015, with the majority reporting five or fewer. Four counties had a number higher than that but none over 15 deaths. On the eastern side of the state, Chatham County had the largest number. On the other side of the state, Fulton, DeKalb, and Gwinnett had the most.
Chatham County reported seven, which was up slightly from the six reported in 2014. Fulton County reported the most in the state with 13, which was a significant increase from nine the previous year. Gwinnett County came in next with 12 and DeKalb County reported eight.