Minnesota Motorcycle Fatality Statistics
Minnesota reported a total of 61 motorcycle fatalities in 2015, according to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This is an increase from 46 in 2014, but the same as in 2013. The high point for the last decade came in 2008 with 71.
Out of the 61 deaths in 2015, only 18 wore helmets. Another 38 were not wearing helmets and five were unknown. Minnesota does have a helmet law for anyone 17 years old and younger to wear a helmet at all times when riding. However, all passengers of any age must wear a helmet if the operator is required to wear one.
The state has a 32 percent helmet usage rate, which saved 12 lives in 2015. Another 16 lives could have been saved with 100 percent usage.
In 2014, there were 237,408 motorcycles registered with a fatality rate per 100,000 of 19.38. This rate dropped from previous years while the number of registrations stayed basically the same.
The majority of victims who died in these motorcycle crashes in 2015 were in the 50-59 age range with 18. In second place was the 40-49 and over 59 age ranges with 12 each. No deaths were recorded for those under the age of 20.
Around half of the counties in Minnesota reported at least one motorcycle death in 2015. However, only one county had over five. Isanti County, which is located in the east-central part of the state, reported six for the year. This was an increase from two the previous year and zero for the year before that. Most of the surrounding counties have had reports of motorcycle-related deaths as well. Kanabec County had one for the year while Hennepin County reported four. Dakota and Wright counties also reported one each.