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NHTSA Report Provides Insight into Recent Increase in Motorcyclist Fatalities

By Alpert Schreyer on April 23, 2013

According to a report by the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), insight has been gained into recent increases in motorcyclist fatalities.  Their analysis was based upon data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), sales data from the Motorcycle Industry Council, and vehicle miles traveled data (VMT) from the Federal Highway Administration.  Data from the U.S. Census Bureau took into account resident populations.


The purpose of this report about the increase in motorcyclist fatalities was to utilize FARS data to study motorcycle crashes and to combine FARS data with exposure data from the Motorcycle Industry Council in order to calculate rates. The report also aimed to identify possible causes for the recent increase in fatalities among motorcyclists.


The report identified several trends, as well as provided possible reasons for increased fatalities.  This information could help in the future as crash prevention programs are initiated.  Findings were as follows:

  • More motorcycles are on the road, and there are more motorcycle miles traveled.
  • More motorcyclists are age 40 and older.
  • Motorcycles with greater engine displacements are being purchased and operated.
  • Speeding continues to be one of the primary factors in motorcycle crashes — especially among riders under age 30.
  • The majority of motorcycle crashes continue to occur on smaller roads — undivided roadways.
  • Motorcyclists who operate their motorcycles while under the influence of alcohol continue to contribute to fatal crashes.
  • Helmet use has not increased in proportion to the number of motorcycles on the roads.
  • Many young motorcycle operators under the age of 29 are not properly licensed.

The Maryland motorcycle accident attorneys at the firm of Alpert Schreyer hope you are never involved in an injury-causing motorcycle accident.  When their bikes go down, motorcyclists often suffer severe injuries or even lose their lives.  If you have been injured or if a loved one has died in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another, call us at (844) 632-7274 for a free case evaluation.

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