Wyoming Motorcycle Fatality Statistics
According to information compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Wyoming reported a total of 24 motorcycle fatalities in 2015. This number is up from previous years, with the exception of 2010 when there were 33. The lowest point came in 2013 with nine deaths.
The majority of victims did not have a helmet on in the crash. In fact, only seven were wearing their helmets at the time of the accident. The other 17 did not have one on. Wyoming’s helmet law only requires riders 17 years old and younger to wear a helmet. The state had a 29 percent helmet usage rate in 2015. Four lives were saved by wearing helmets. If the rate went up to 100 percent, another six lives might have been saved.
Ten victims in 2015 were in the 50-59 age group. Another eight were over the age of 59 while only four were in the 40-49 age group and one in the 20-29 and 30-39 age groups. No victims were under the age of 21.
There were 30,983 motorcycles registered in the state in 2014. This number is down just slightly from the two previous years. The fatality rate per 100,000 was up significantly from the two prior years at 51.64.
Thirteen of the 23 counties in Wyoming reported at least one motorcycle-related death for 2015. None of them had more than five for the year. The deaths were spread out across the state. Sweetwater County, located on the southern edge of the state, had one of the higher totals with four deaths for the year. This was double the number from 2014.
Park County, in the northwestern corner of the state, reported three deaths for the year. Crook County, on the northeastern side, had two for 2015. Albany County just had one.