Motorcycle Accident Statistics and Safety Tips

In recent years, there were approximately 5,000 motorcycle accidents in the State of New York which occur annually. Nationwide in 2015 there were nearly 90,000 motorcycle crashes. According to data from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, motorcycle crash statistics are classified among different types of injuries:

Motorcycle Accident: Types of Damages

In New York, there were about 140 fatal accident, 1,000 serious accidents, and 130 moderate injury accidents, with 1,500 minor injury accidents. In 2015, 4,976 people died in motorcycle crashes nationwide according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) . For more information on motorcycle accident statistics, see the info from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Motorcycle crashes in 2015 increased about 8 percent from the previous year nationwide. Motorcycle riders are nearly 30% more likely to die in a crash compared to occupants of a motor vehicle. The fatality rate per motorcycle in 2015 is six times greater than the rate for passenger vehicles according to the NHTSA.

In 2015, forty percent of all motorcycle riders killed in crashes failed to wear a helmet.

Safety Tips

The following safety tips can help motorcycle riders avoid accidents and serious injuries:

  • Make sure your motorcycle is VISIBLE to other drivers
  • Keep your motorcycle headlights on during the daytime as required by law
  • As a motorcycle rider remember to wear reflective gear
  • Get safety training and make sure you practice defensive driving skills
  • Always wear your helmet. This will reduce the risk of severe injury especially traumatic brain injury.
  • Use all your safety gear: eye protection, motorcycle jacket, gloves, leg guards, and proper footwear.
  • Never drink and ride. Always ride sober and be alert
  • Obey the posted speed limit and obey all traffic signs, laws, and rules.

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