Minnesota Fatal Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Minnesota recorded a total of 411 traffic deaths for 2015. The state has a lower ratio per 100,000 population than the US average with 7.49 as compared to 10.92. Of this total, 61 were motorcycle fatalities. This number is an increase from the 46 seen in 2014. There were 61 fatalities reported in 2013. However, the high point was seen in 2008 with 71 deaths.
The majority of motorcycle-related deaths involved people who were not wearing helmets. In fact, only 18 of those who died were wearing a helmet while 38 did not have a helmet on. These numbers have been consistent for the past several years. According to Minnesota state law, only riders who are under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet. Because of this law, only 32 percent wore a helmet in 2015 with 12 lives saved because of helmet use. If the statistics would increase to 100 percent helmet use, another 16 lives could be saved.
The majority of people who died in a motorcycle crash were between the ages of 50 and 59 with a total of 18 deaths. Another 12 died who were between 40 and 49 with 10 more deaths in the 30-39 age range. Nine people died who were between the ages of 20 and 29 while 12 others died who were over the age of 59. There were zero deaths reported for those under 20 years old.
About half of the counties reported zero motorcycle-related deaths in 2015 while the others reported between one and five fatalities for the same period. Only one exception existed for the state, and that was Isanti County in the eastern portion of the state. This county reported six deaths for the year, which was an increase over the two reported in 2014.