Mississippi Motorcycle Fatality Statistics
Mississippi reported a total of 37 motorcycle fatalities for 2015, according to a report developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This number is down slightly from previous years. In fact, it is the lowest number for the past decade. The high point came in 2011 when there were 52 motorcycle-related deaths reported.
Out of the 37 deaths that occurred in 2015, 29 of the victims were wearing helmets. The other eight did not have one on at the time of the crash. Mississippi has a universal helmet law. This means that everyone who rides a motorcycle must wear a helmet at all times. The state had a usage rate of 78 percent for 2015, which saved 17 lives. If the rate increased to 100 percent, another three lives could have been saved.
Mississippi only had 28,474 motorcycles registered in 2014 with a fatality rate per 100,000 of 144.0. This is an increasing trend from 2012. However, it is down from 206.6 in 2011.
The majority of victim fatalities were in the 50-59 age range with nine for 2015. The lowest rate was among riders under the age of 20 with two for the year.
Around half of the counties in Mississippi reported at least one motorcycle death in 2015, but none of them recorded more than five for the year. There is no one particular area with more fatalities, but the southern half of the state saw more counties with fatality reports. For instance, Copiah County, in southern Mississippi, had one death for the year, which was up from zero for the year before. DeSoto County, in the northernmost part of the state, had three, which was also an increase from zero for the year before. Jefferson Davis County also had one fatality after reporting zero for the past two years.