We've compiled these motorcycle statistics on accidents, crashes, helmet usage, and fatalities because we advocate biker safety. We also believe in the freedom of bikers all over the United States of America, but never at the risk of your life or the life of another.
Bikers, you don't need us to tell you how dangerous it is on the open road - distracted car drivers, big trucks that take up more than their share, and much more.
To avoid life-threatening motorcycle crashes, become familiar with our latest motorcycle accident statistics. The more prepared you are when you take to the road, the better your chance of avoiding serious injury or even death caused by a motorcycle wreck.
Please note that some 2012 and 2013 national and Pennsylvania motorcycle accident statistics have not yet been released. Check back frequently for updated stats and facts on crashes involving bikes and motorcycle collisions.
There were 210 motorcyclists killed and 3,919 injured in motorcycle accidents in 2012. Both were an increase from 2011.
There were 3,985 motorcycle collisions in 2012 in Pennsylvania, which is an increase of 9.4% from 2011.
The number of fatal motorcycle accidents represented 16.9% of the total number of fatal crashes.
Of the 210 people killed in 2012 in motorcycle accidents in Pennsylvania, 200 were operating the motorcycle and 10 were passengers.
Of the motorcycle accident deaths that occurred in 2012, nearly half (49.5%) weren't wearing helmets. About 36.3% of those motorcyclists injured in accidents weren't wearing helmets.
2011 Pennsylvania & National Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Preliminary data for the first nine months of 2011 showed that motorcycle accident fatalities remained about the same as 2010 -- 4,500 deaths. Of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, 23 states saw a decrease in motorcycle accident fatalities, while 26 states and D.C. saw an increase.
Motorcycle crashes decreased 9.4 percent from 2010 while fatal motorcycle crashes decreased 6.5 percent in Pennsylvania in 2011.
There were 3,746 crashes involving motorcycles in Pennsylvania in 2011.
52 motorcycle accidents occurred in Pennsylvania work zones in 2011.
655 motorcycle accidents in Pennsylvania involved a motorcycle hitting a fixed-object.
In these crashes, 199 people died.
8.5 percent of all motorcycle crashes in Pennsylvania in 2011 were alcohol-related.
2010 Pennsylvania & National Motorcycle Statistics
In 2010, 4,502 people were killed nationally in accidents involving motorcycles. That was an increase from 2009 (4,469). There was a decrease in the number of people injured in accidents involving motorcycles - 82,000, down from 90,000 in 2009.
The number of motorcycle accident injuries in Pennsylvania rose to 3,930.
There were 223 motorcycle accident deaths in 2010.
Of the 4,099 motorcycle drivers who were in crashes in 2010, 442 of them (10.8%) were drinking drivers.
Of the 223 deaths in motorcycle accidents, 202 were drivers and 21 were passengers.
2009 Motorcycle Statistics
There were 4,469 fatal crashes involving motorcycles across the United States in 2009. Approximately 90,000 were injured.
The use of motorcycle helmets approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT) decreased to 54 percent in 2010 from 67 percent in 2009, according to a National Occupant Protection Use Survey conducted by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Helmets are estimated to be 37 percent effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcycle riders and 41 percent for motorcycle passengers. The NHTSA estimates that helmets saved the lives of 1,483 motorcyclists in 2009.
In Pennsylvania, there were 3,736 motorcycle crashes. Nearly 200 (195) of them were fatal.
There were 204 motorcyclist deaths in 2009 in PA, and 3,677 were injured.
In Pennsylvania in 2009, the number of motorcycle crashes decreased by 10.9 percent, while fatal crashes decreased 15.6 percent from 2008.
Of the 204 motorcycle deaths in PA, 184 (90.2 percent) were drivers, and 20 (9.8 percent) were passengers.
Of the 3,736 crashes in PA, 712 crashes involved motorcycles hitting fixed objects.
Nearly half (48 percent) of the motorcycle accident-related deaths in Pennsylvania in 2009 were caused when drivers or passengers didn't wear helmets.
More than one-third of fatal motorcycle crashes in the U.S. in 2009 involved drivers with a BAC of .01 or higher. Nearly 30 percent had a BAC of .08 or higher (above the legal limit).
2008 National Statistics
In 2008, 5,290 bikers were killed – an increase of 2% from 2007.
59% of the bikers killed in 2008 were not wearing helmets.
Of the motorcycle operators killed in 2008, 30% had a BAC of .08 or higher.
There were 96,000 bikers injured during 2008.
In 2008, motorcycle riders accounted for 14% of total traffic fatalities, 17% of all occupant fatalities, and 4% of all occupants injured.
35% of all bikers involved in fatal crashes in 2008 were speeding.
In 2008, 2,554 (47%) of all motorcycles involved in fatal crashes collided with another type of moving vehicle.
Per vehicle mile traveled, bikers are about 37 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash and 9 times more likely to be injured.
In 2008, 25% of the motorcycles involved in fatal crashes collided with fixed objects, compared to 19% for cars, 14% for light trucks, and 4% for heavy trucks.
One out of four motorcycle riders in fatal crashes in 2008 were riding their vehicles with an invalid license.
Helmets are estimated to be 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcycle riders and 41% for motorcycle passengers.
During 2008, 346 young motorcycle riders (age 15-20) were killed and an additional 8,000 were injured.
35% of the bikers between 15 and 20 who were fatally injured in crashes in 2008 were not wearing helmets.
Of the young motorcycle operators (ages 15-20) involved in fatal crashes in 2008, more than one-third (43%) were either unlicensed or driving with an invalid license.
In 2008, 26% of the young male motorcycle operators involved in fatal crashes had been drinking at the time of the crash, compared with 13% of the young female operators involved in fatal crashes.
Motorcyclist fatalities reached 5,290 in 2008, accounting for 14% of total crash fatalities.
This is the 11th consecutive year that there has been an increase in motorcycle crash deaths.
The number of individuals injured in motorcycle crashes has decreased for the first time since 1998, declining 6.8%.
2008 Pennsylvania Statistics
In 2008, there were 816,535 licensed motorcycle riders in Pennsylvania.
28,996 students were trained in Pennsylvania's Motorcycle Safety Program in 2008.
237 bikers were killed in 2008 in Pennsylvania. 4,077 bikers were injured.
49% of the bikers killed in PA in 2008 were not wearing helmets.
In Pennsylvania, 32% of the motorcycle operators killed in 2008 had a BAC of .08 or higher.
2007 National Statistics
In the United States, motorcycle accident deaths increased by 6.6%, accounting for almost one in eight motor vehicle deaths.
There were 5,154 motorcycle fatalities nationwide, and 2007 was the 10th straight year of increase.
Biker deaths hit an all-time low in 1997. Since that time, they have increased by 128%.
In 2007, 49% of bikers killed in crashes were age 40 or over.
31% of motorcycle crash fatalities occurred in the under 30-year-old group in 2007.
20% of crash fatalities occurred in the 30- to 39-year-old group in 2007.
34% of bikers involved in fatal crashes were speeding compared to 26% of passenger car drivers.
24% of riders involved in a fatal accident were riding without a valid license.
1,546 lives were saved by helmets in 2005. If all states required helmets, an additional 728 more lives would have been saved.
Helmets are estimated to be 37% effective in preventing a fatal injury.
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