State Motorcycle Accident Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 14 percent of the people who died in traffic-related accidents during 2015 were motorcyclists. We saw an increase in motorcycle accident fatalities of eight percent from 2014 to 2015. In fact, motorcyclists were 29 times more likely to die per vehicle mile traveled compared to occupants of passenger vehicles.
Nationwide, 4,976 riders died in motorcycle collisions during 2015. California had the highest number of deaths at 616 while the District of Columbia had the lowest number of deaths at 3 fatalities. We can learn a lot about the causes of motorcycle accidents and possibly how to prevent crashes from statistics. For instance, the NHTSA also keeps data regarding helmet use and effectiveness and how speed and alcohol factor into the causes of motorcycle crashes.
To see how your state ranks and get more motorcycle safety statistics specific to a state, click on any state below.