Mississippi Fatal Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Of the 677 traffic fatalities in Mississippi for 2015, 37 of them were motorcycle-related deaths. This number is down from the 55 reported in 2006 and 51 in 2007. It’s also a decrease even from 2014, which reported 41. This is significant since Mississippi’s average per 100,000 is more than double the US average with 22.62. The national average is 10.92.
Out of the 37 motorcycle deaths, 29 victims were wearing a helmet while eight did not have on helmets at the time of the crash. Mississippi has a state law requiring all riders to wear a helmet regardless of age. At the current level of use, which is 78 percent, a total of 17 lives had been saved for 2015. Deaths on a motorcycle make up only five percent of all traffic fatalities.
When comparing the age of death for those who died while on a motorcycle, the numbers are spread out across the board. Nine people who died were between the ages of 50 and 59 while eight people that were killed were between 20 and 29 and 30 and 39. Another six who died were over the age of 59. Only two who were died were under age 20.
Fewer than half the counties in Mississippi had a fatal motorcycle crash. Of those that did, all of them had between one and five deaths for 2015. The majority of those were in the lower half of the state. For instance, Jefferson Davis County had one death on a motorcycle for the year while Hinds County reported three in 2015, which was cut in half from the previous year. Of those three, only one person was wearing a helmet. Pearl River and Copiah counties also reported one death related to motorcycle accidents. Both victims were wearing helmets.