Compare to other vehicles, motorcycles have a higher fatality rate per unit of travelled distance; motorcyclist deaths happened 27 times more frequently than fatalities in other vehicles.
Motorcycles have 16 times the rate of serious injuries compared to cars. Most of the times, the injuries are very significant, like brain and spinal cord injuries, causing lifelong residual health conditions.
-Traffic fatalities decreased 1.1 percent from 3,107 in 2013 to 3,074 in 2014
-The 2013 Mileage Death Rate (MDR) – fatalities per 100 million miles traveled is 0.91
-Motorcycle fatalities increased 12.1 percent from 463 in 2013 to 519 in 2014
-Motorcycle fatalities per 100,000 motorcycle registrations increased from 54 in 2013 to 60 in 2014
-The percentage of motorcycle operators killed with a BAC of 0.08 or greater increased from 23 percent in 2013 to 28 percent in 2014
-The percentage of motorcycle operators killed that were improperly licensed decreased from 33 percent in 2013 to 32 percent in 2014
Helmets reduce head and brain trauma and decrease the risk of dying in a crash by 37%.
One of the most important injury protection devices for motorcyclists is to wear a DOT-compliant helmet.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration in year 2013, about 715 deaths could have been prevented if the riders were wearing helmets when they crashed.