Most Recent IIHS Motorcycle Fatality Data

Each year the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) releases data on traffic fatalities. The group breaks the info down into categories for ease of use. Here are a few of the statistics about motorcycle deaths.

  • The majority of motorcycle deaths did not involve a second vehicle.
  • 42 percent of riders killed had a blood alcohol level over .08.
  • The majority of two-vehicle accidents involved the other driver running a traffic sign or turning left in front of the motorcycle.
  • Motorcycle deaths doubled between 1997 and 2009.
  • Riders wearing helmets were less likely to be killed in an accident than those who did not have one on.

These stats reinforce what most riders already know…drinking and riding does not mix and always watch the other drivers on the road. Also, since wearing a helmet and taking an occasional safety course could help save your life, why would you avoid either?  That’s the question we have here at Motorcycle Insurance Company.