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NHTSA Releases Updated Motorcycle Safety Statistics

After an extensive study, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released its most recent motorcycle traffic safety statistics taken for the year 2013. These statistics show that there was an overall decrease in the number of motorcyclists killed or injured in a traffic accident. Unfortunately, the data also reveals that motorcycle travel can still be more dangerous statistically than travel by car or truck. It also shows that too many motorcyclists are still opting to get on their bike after drinking alcohol.

6 Important Statistics About Motorcycle Safety in 2013

Following the study, the below data was revealed:

  1. Between 2012 and 2013, there was a six percent decrease in the number of people who were killed in motorcycle accidents. The number dropped from 4,986 in 2012 to 4,668 in 2013.
  2. There was also a decrease in the number of people who were injured as a result of motorcycle use. Approximately 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2013, down from 93,000 in 2012.
  3. The study shows that motorcycle travel may be more dangerous than passenger car travel. Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclist fatalities occurred 26 times more often than fatalities involving passenger car traffic crashes in 2013.
  4. Of all traffic accident statistics, in 2013, motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of traffic fatalities, 4 percent of people injured, 18 percent of vehicle occupant fatalities, and 4 percent of vehicle occupant injuries.
  5. Unfortunately, alcohol use among motorcyclists is still a serious issue. In 2013, motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes were found to have the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired drivers than any other vehicle type. These other vehicle types include passenger cars, light trucks, and large trucks.
  6. In addition, 40 percent of motorcycle riders who died in single-vehicle crashes in 2013 were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

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