Traffic Safety Facts 2016 Data: Motorcycles

In this fact sheet for 2016, the information on motorcycles is presented as follows: Overview; Registration; Environmental Characteristics; Crash Involvement; Speeding; Age; Motorcycle Engine Size; Licensing and Previous Driving Records; Alcohol; Helmet Use and Effectiveness. Key findings are as follows: In 2016, there were 5,286 motorcyclists killed—a 5.1-percent increase from the 5,029 motorcyclists killed in 2015. Per vehicle miles traveled in 2016, motorcyclist fatalities occurred nearly 28 times more frequently than passenger car occupant fatalities in traffic crashes. Twenty-seven percent of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes in 2016 were riding without valid motorcycle licenses. In 2016, motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were found to have the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired drivers than any other vehicle types (25% for motorcycles, 21% for passenger cars, 20% for light trucks, and 2% for large trucks). Thirty-seven percent of motorcycle riders who died in single vehicle crashes in 2016 were alcohol-impaired. Motorcycle riders killed in traffic crashes at night were three times more frequently alcohol-impaired than those killed during the day in 2016. NHTSA estimates that helmets saved 1,859 motorcyclists’ lives in 2016, and that 802 more lives could have been saved if all motorcyclists had worn helmets.


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  • Accession Number: 01662826
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS 812 492
  • Created Date: Feb 8 2018 9:38AM