Wyoming Fatal Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Wyoming reported a total of 145 traffic deaths for the year 2015. This information is according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The number reflects a rate per 100,000 population of 24.74, which is more than double the US average of 10.92. Motorcycle fatalities make up 17 percent of the total with 24 for the year. This number is a significant increase over the past several years. In 2014, there were 16 fatalities and in 2013, the number was nine.
Wyoming does have a state helmet law, but it only pertains to those age 17 and younger. The result is a 29 percent helmet usage for those who were victims of motorcycle accidents in 2015. Four lives were saved because of wearing a helmet, but it was estimated that another six lives could have been saved if it was at 100 percent usage.
The vast majority of victims in motorcycle-related fatalities in 2015 were over the age of 50. Ten victims were between the ages of 50 and 59 while another eight were over the age of 59. The numbers drop significantly with four in the 40-49 age group and one each in the 20-29 and 30-39 age groups. No one under the age of 20 was killed in 2015.
The majority of counties in Wyoming reported at least one motorcycle-related fatality with ten reporting zero. All counties had fewer than six deaths for 2015. Park County had three, up from zero in 2014. Hot Springs and Fremont counties each had one while Sweetwater County had four, which was up from two in 2014. On the eastern side of the state, Campbell also had four fatalities which was up from zero for the previous year. Albany and Converse counties also reported one each for the year.