New Statistics on Motorcycle Safety

“NHTSA estimates that helmets saved 1,829 motorcyclists’ lives in 2008”

In a news report by Salt Lake Tribune, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) demonstrated that fatal motorcycle crashes declined 16% in the first 9 months of 2009.  This statistic is quite surprising as the number of people killed in motorcycle accidents has steadily increased in the state of Utah and nationwide since 1985.

Motorcycle Crash Statistics

The facts according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),

  • A record high for the number of fatal motorcycle crashes was set at 5,290 in 2008
  • 96,000 Motorcyclists were injured in 2008

What Caused the Decline in Fatal Motorcycle Crashes for 2009

While figures are still to be confirmed by the NHTSA for 2009, last Thursday’s GHSA report caused a debate on what actually caused the dramatic decline in the number of people killed in motorcycle collisions that year. One theory is that due to the rough economic times, Americans were forced to rely on their cars and public transportation instead of purchasing new fuel efficient ways to commute. Supporting this claim is the fact that there was a 42% drop in new motorcycle sales last year. Fewer riders learning how to operate a motorcycle could very well be the cause of the decrease in motorcycle fatalities.

Additional contributing factors may be the strong new media campaigns aimed to increase helmet usage and attendance of motorcycle training courses. For example, Utah’s motorcycle safety campaign ads for Drive Aware. Ride Aware has become quite popular. ¬†These media illustrations target motorcyclist who speed, fail to wear protective gear and those who ride after drinking.


Drive Aware. Ride Aware.


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