New Hampshire Motorcycle Fatality Statistics
New Hampshire reported 26 motorcycle fatalities in 2015. This number is a significant increase from 2014 when there were 17. However, it is more in line with the numbers from 2012 and 2013. The low point came in 2011 with 14 while the high point was in 2008 with 30. This information comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
More people who were fatal victims in motorcycle crashes did not wear helmets. Only ten victims had their helmets on in the crash while the other 16 did not. New Hampshire is one of the few states that does not have a helmet law. This means that no one is required to wear a helmet when they are operating or as a passenger.
The state had a helmet usage law in 2015 of 38 percent. A total of six lives were saved because people wore helmets. However, if the rate went up to 100 percent, another six lives could have been saved.
There were 76,093 motorcycles registered in the state in 2014. There was also a fatality rate per 100,000 of 22.34, which is lower than many areas. It is also down from the two previous years.
Most of the victims who died in motorcycle accidents were in the 50-59 age range with 10 for 2015. In fact, no other age range came close. Those between 30 and 39 were second with six. Only one death occurred where the victim was under 20 years old.
Seven of the ten counties in the state recorded at least one motorcycle death in 2015. Two of those counties had more than five. Hillsborough County was the area with the highest number at eight for the year.