Traffic Safety Facts 2012 Data: Motorcycles

In 2012, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes—an increase of 7 percent from the 4,630 motorcyclists killed in 2011. There were 93,000 motorcyclists injured during 2012, a 15-percent increase from 81,000 in 2011. In 2012, two-wheeled motorcycles accounted for 93 percent of all motorcycles in fatal crashes. In 2012, motorcyclists accounted for 15 percent of all traffic fatalities, 18 percent of all occupant (driver and passenger) fatalities, and 4 percent of all occupants injured. Motorcycles made up 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States in 2012 and accounted for only 0.7 percent of all vehicle miles traveled. Per vehicle mile traveled in 2012, motorcyclists were more than 26 times likely than passenger car occupants to die in motor vehicle traffic crashes and 5 times more likely to be injured. Per registered vehicle, the fatality rate for motorcyclists in 2012 was 6 times the fatality rate for passenger car occupants. The injury rate for motorcyclists was about the same as the injury rate for passenger car occupants. Additional statistics on motorcyclist involvement in traffic accidents in 2012 are provided in this traffic safety fact sheet.

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  • Accession Number: 01532316
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS 812 035
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2014 10:19AM