Oregon Fatal Motorcycle Accident Statistics
For 2015, Oregon reported a total of 447 traffic fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This is a rate of 11.09 for the state per 100,000 population, as opposed to the 10.92 for the national average. Fourteen percent of the fatalities were motorcycle-related with 61 for the year. This was a dramatic increase from 46 in 2014 and 34 in 2013.
Oregon has a state law requiring all riders to wear a helmet. Because of the law, the majority of people who were victims of motorcycle accidents were wearing their helmets. In fact, 95 percent were wearing them in accidents in 2015, which is up slightly from the 91 percent of the year before. At the current rate of use, an estimated 34 lives were saved.
The age group with the highest fatality rate is those over 59 were 16 people died in 2015. Fourteen people between 40 and 49 died, and another 14 for those 50 to 59 died the same year. Interesting to note is the fact that no one under the age of 20 died for this year.
Over half of the counties in Oregon reported at least one death for the year but fewer than six. Fourteen counties were fortunate enough to not report any motorcycle-related fatalities for the year. At the same time, three counties had a higher number between six and 15. Lane County reported eight fatalities for 2015, which was an increase from the five reported in 2014. Clackamas County had a total of seven deaths, which was up slightly from the six recorded the year prior. The county with the highest increase was Washington, which had a total of seven, more than double the three recorded just the two years before in 2013 and 2014.