Nebraska Fatal Motorcycle Accident Statistics
For the year 2015, Nebraska reported 246 traffic fatalities. Of those, 25 were motorcycle related. This information is according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The number of motorcycle riders who died in crashes was up slightly from 2014, which reported 20 fatalities. It was up significantly from 2013, which had 14. Nebraska’s rate of traffic fatalities per 100,000 population is up over the national average of 10.92 at 12.97.
Of the 25 rider deaths, 18 victims were wearing helmets. Nebraska has a helmet law for the state, which requires all persons to wear a helmet whenever they ride. Because of this law, 82 percent of the riders in 2015 wore helmets, saving 12 lives for the year. However, helmet use is down from the previous year, which saw 95 percent of wearers and 92 percent for 2013.
Nebraska motorcycle fatal accidents affect all ages with 7 victims between the ages of 20 and 29 and six between the ages of 50 and 59. There were four fatalities for those between 30 and 39 and five deaths for ages 40 and 49. Only one person who was killed was over age 59, and two were under age 20.
Almost all of the counties in Nebraska reported zero deaths on motorcycles for the year 2015. Eleven counties reported between one and five fatalities and only one county reported between six and 15 deaths for the same year. Douglas County reported nine motorcycle fatalities, which was a slight increase over the prior year with eight. It is a significant increase from the two deaths reported in 2013. Lancaster County reported four fatalities with a motorcycle while Gage and Sarpy counties each reported one death for the year. Lincoln County also reported one death for the