This is just a short story highlighting the statistics from the report. There's a link to the full report at the bottom of the page.
Washington, DC - (MCNW) In the latest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report, single vehicle motorcycle crashes account for about 45 percent of all motorcyclist fatalities. More than 38,000 motorcyclists have died in single vehicle motorcycle crashes between 1975 and 1999. NHTSA's report claims to provide data for insight into possible causes for these fatalities.
According to the report, from 1990 through 1999, there were a total of 11,038 fatal single vehicle motorcycle crashes. During that same period, there were an estimated 294,000 non-fatal single vehicle motorcycle crashes. Of these, an estimated 39,000 involved property damage only and 255,000 involved injuries.
Motorcyclist fatalities in single vehicle motorcycle crashes decreased each year from 1990 to 1996, reaching a historic low of 937 in 1996 and again in 1997. In 1998, the fatalities increased to 1,042 (an 11.2 percent increase) in 1998 and in 1999, to 1,140 (9.4 percent). The overall increase in motorcyclist fatalities from 1997 to 1999 was 203 (21.7 percent).
Findings from FARS (Fatality Analysis Reporting System) data provide insight into possible reasons for motorcyclist fatalities in single vehicle motorcycle crashes and could aid in the design of crash prevention programs:
- More riders age 40 and over are getting killed
- More motorcyclist fatalities are occurring on rural roads
- High BAC levels are a major problem among motorcycle operators
- Half of the fatalities are related to negotiating a curve prior to the crash
- Over 80 percent of the fatalities occur off roadway
- Undivided roadways account for a majority of the fatalities
- Almost two thirds of the fatalities were associated with speeding as an operator contributing factor in the crash
- Almost 60 percent of motorcyclist fatalities occur at night
- Collision with a fixed object is a significant factor in over half of the fatalities
- Braking and steering maneuvers possibly contribute for almost 25 percent of the fatalities
- Helmet use among fatally injured motorcyclists below 50 percent
- Almost one third of the fatally injured operators did not have a proper license.