What is Your Risk of a Motorcycle Crash?
Every time someone gets in a car, there’s a chance, no matter how small, they’ll be involved in a crash and seriously injured or killed. When you’re a motorcycle rider, that risk goes way, way up. And depending on where you live, your risk of getting in an accident could be significantly higher than for those who live elsewhere.
How does the risk of a crash change based on where you live?
Why is this?
The Top 5 Most Dangerous States for Motorcyclists
1.Mississippi 2.Texas 3.South Carolina 4.Florida 5.Arizona
Mississippi had the highest fatality rate among the motorcycle-riding population in the nation in 2017 with 40 motorcycle accident deaths. While that may not seem like much compared to the 490 deaths in Texas that same year, it is important to note that Texas has nearly 13x as many motorcyclists as Mississippi. For every 10,000 motorcyclists on the road, Mississippi had 14.22 deaths, compared to 13.44 deaths per 10,000 motorcycles in the Lone Star state.
THE TOP 5 SAFEST STATES FOR MOTORCYCLISTS
1.Montana 2.South Dakota 3.Alaska 4.New Hampshire 5.Minnesota
Montana had 306,655 registered motorcycles in 2017, nearly 11x more than Mississippi, but far fewer deaths. Only 23 people died in motorcycle crashes in Montana that year, an average of 0.75 deaths per 10,000 motorcycles.
MOST DANGEROUS STATES FOR MOTORCYCLISTS, COMPARED TO OTHER VEHICLE TYPES
1.Nevada 2.Washington D.C. 3.Wyoming 4.Colorado 5.Hawaii
While motor vehicle deaths as a whole have been decreasing over the last two decades, motorcycle fatalities are only going up, and they’re representing a larger share of all road deaths. In 1996, 2,161 motorcyclists were killed in accidents in the U.S. By 2016, that number was 5,286, more than double.
In 2016, 22.6% of all road deaths in Nevada (more than one in every five) were motorcyclists, closely followed by 22.2% in Washington D.C., according to motorcycle death statistics collected by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).
However, in states with higher fatal crash rates for other vehicles types, motorcyclists aren’t necessarily safer. In Arkansas, motorcyclists represent only 7.1% of all road deaths, the smallest share of any state in the nation. However, Arkansas ranks 13th for most motorcycle deaths when judged by number of registered motorcyclists.
TIPS TO AVOID ACCIDENTS
Riders will always be at greater risk of fatal injury in a crash than people in passenger vehicles, because motorcycles lack features like safety cages, crumple zones, airbags, and seatbelts that are found on all modern cars, trucks, and SUVs. But that doesn’t mean riders can’t do anything to reduce their risks.
Wear brightly colored clothing.
Make your bike more visible.
Use your lights and signals.
Don’t ride at night.
Leave plenty of room.
AFTER A CRASH, YOU DESERVE A LAWYER WHO GETS MOTORCYCLISTS
Don’t let yourself or a loved one become a statistic – practice safe riding habits. And if you’re ever hurt in a crash, don’t let a negligent driver escape justice or paying compensation. After an accident, visit BackOffMyBike.com to get an attorney who knows how to help motorcyclists and their families after a serious or wrongful death.
MOTORCYCLE DEATHS BY STATES
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*Based on information compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, 2017