New Hampshire Fatal Motorcycle Accident Statistics
For the year 2015, New Hampshire reported 114 traffic deaths, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This number is significantly below the national average rate per 100,000 population of 10.92 at 8.57. Out of those traffic fatalities, 26 involved motorcycle riders, which is 23 percent of the total. Almost one-fourth of the total number of deaths in traffic accidents happen on motorcycles. This number is an increase over the 17 reported in 2014.
Only ten of the victims were wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, and 16 did not have on a helmet. This represents 38 percent of the total, which is up from the 18 percent who wore helmets in 2014. A total of six people were saved by wearing helmets in 2015, but another six could have been saved if 100 percent of people wore helmets. New Hampshire does not have a state law regarding helmet use on motorcycles.
Of those who were killed on a motorcycle, 10 victims were between the ages of 50 and 59. Six people who died were between the ages of 30 and 39 while another four were between 40 and 49. Only one person was under age 20, and three people were over.
The majority of counties in New Hampshire reported at least one rider fatality with five counties reporting between one and five deaths. Two counties reported between six and 15 deaths. Hillsborough County reported eight for 2015, which is a slight increase while Merrimack Country reported six, which is double the previous year. Grafton and Belknap counties each reported two deaths, Carroll County had one, and Rockingham County had five, which was a slight increase. Strafford County also reported two rider deaths, which was up slightly from the prior year.