Motorcycle Accident And Death Statistics

Tampa's law firm of Anderson & Anderson, offers helpful information and statistics regarding motorcycle accidents and motorcycle accident deaths.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) National Center for Statistics and Analysis, "In 2012, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes — an increase of 7 percent from the 4,630 motorcyclists killed in 2011. There were 93,000 motorcyclists injured during 2012, a 15 percent increase from 81,000 in 2011."

Motorcycle riders are fully exposed to the environment around them, not having the protection afforded to the driver of a car, therefore when an accident occurs involving a motorcycle the likelihood and severity of personal injury is high. Even though this is the case, studies have shown that the rate of motorcycle fatalities has been on the rise for more than a decade. Statistics tracking auto and motorcycle accidents show us that:

  • NHTSA estimates that helmets saved the lives of 1,699 motorcyclists in 2012. If all motorcyclists had worn helmets, an additional 781 lives could have been saved.
  • Helmets are estimated to be 37 percent effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcycle riders and 41 percent for motorcycle passengers. In other words, for every 100 motorcycle riders killed in crashes while not wearing helmets, 37 of them could have been saved had all 100 worn helmets.
  • In 2012, motorcyclists accounted for 15 percent of all traffic fatalities, 18 percent of all occupant (driver and passenger) fatalities and 4 percent of all occupants injured.
  • Per vehicle mile traveled in 2012, motorcyclists were more than 26 times likely than passenger car occupants to die in motor vehicle traffic crashes and five times more likely to be injured.
  • In 2012, 2,624 of all motorcycles (52 percent) involved in fatal crashes collided with another type of motor vehicle in transport. Only 7 percent were struck in the rear.
  • In two-vehicle crashes, 75 percent of the motorcycles involved in motor vehicle traffic crashes collided with the vehicles in the front of them.
    Source: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812035.pdf

If you or a family member has been the victim of a motorcycle accident and you would like additional information about statistics regarding motorcycle accidents in the U.S., our Tampa motorcycle accident attorneys can help you.

If you have additional questions regarding motorcycle accident injuries or deaths, contact the injury law firm of Timothy G. Anderson or call 813-251-0072 for a free case evaluation.