New Jersey Fatal Motorcycle Accident Statistics
New Jersey reported a total of 562 traffic fatalities for the year 2015, according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This number is significantly lower than the US average rate of deaths per 100,000 population, which is 10.92. The rate for New Jersey is 6.27. Of the total number, 50 were motorcycle deaths, which is a decrease from the 62 reported in 2014 and represents nine percent of the total.
Out of the 50 deaths which were motorcycle related, 43 victims were wearing helmets at the time of the crash. Only seven did not have on helmets, showing an 86 percent use. This number is down from previous years when there was a 91 percent use in 2014 and 96 percent use in 2013. A total of 25 lives were saved in 2015 with helmet use. New Jersey has a helmet law, which requires all persons to wear a helmet while riding, regardless of age.
Of those who were killed while riding a motorcycle, 19 were between the ages of 20 and 29. Another nine deaths involved victims between the ages of 40 and 49 and 50 and 59. Only two deaths included people age 20 and younger while six deaths had victims over the age of 59.
Every county in New Jersey reported at least one motorcycle death for 2015 while one county reported between six and 15 for the year. Camden County reported six deaths for 2015, which was up slightly over the five reported for 2014. However, it is a significant increase over the one death reported in 2013. Only one fatality on a motorcycle was reported in Atlantic County which was a drop from the five reported the prior year and the six from 2013.