What are the most dangerous states for motorcyclists? What actions can motorcyclists take to reduce their risk of motorcycle accident injuries as they head out for a summer drive? The number of motorcyclists killed in collisions in 2016 increased 5.1% from 2015. As motorcyclists prepare for summer road trips, there are certain states to be aware of that have significant rates of motorcycle accident injuries and fatalities.
Since 2007, the number of registered motorcycles in the US has risen from 7.14 million to 8.68 million in 2016. Over this same period, the fatality rate has declined from 72.48 to 60.9 per 100,000 registered motorcycles. However, accident fatality trends show that this rate has increased from 54.58 to 60.9 over the past three years. By comparison, the fatality rates for passenger cars is just 9.94, and for light trucks it is 7.8 per one hundred thousand vehicles. In total, 14% of all motor vehicle accident fatalities in 2016 involved a motorcyclist. However, the rate of motorcycle accident injuries has declined significantly from 1,443 per 100,000 motorcycles in 2007 to 1,028 per 100,000 motorcycles in 2015. One reason for this decline is that motorcyclists are driving less than they used to in the past.
In 2016, Florida had the highest number of motorcycle accident fatalities with 555 drivers and passengers killed. The second deadliest state was California with 529 fatalities recorded. The third deadliest state was Texas with 458 fatalities. For comparison, Missouri recorded 118 fatalities and Oklahoma had 81. Kansas had relatively few fatalities at 48, and Nebraska recorded 19.
While helmets reduce the risk of motorcycle accident injuries or fatalities, they do not offer a guarantee. In California, 93% of motorcyclists who experienced fatalities were wearing helmets when they died. In Missouri, the number was 85%. In Texas, that number dropped to 43%, while in Kansas it was 40% and in Florida it was 49%. Helmets were more effective in Oklahoma, where only 27% of fatalities involved motorcyclists who were wearing helmets.
One of the most dangerous behaviors motorcyclists should avoid is lane splitting, which is legal only in California. In states including Kansas, Illinois, and Florida it is illegal, while in Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri, it can lead to a citation if the police determine it is unsafe or contributed to a motor vehicle accident.
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