Motorcyclist Traffic Fatalities by State, 2009 Preliminary Data

Motorcyclist traffic fatalities in the United States fell in 2009, based on preliminary data supplied by all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This is the first year since 1997 that motorcyclist fatalities decreased. Motorcyclist fatalities dropped by 16% during the first nine months of 2009 across the 39 states that reported monthly data. Most states have quite complete traffic fatality counts for this period. While fatality data for the final months of 2009 are less complete, the decrease for the full year nationwide is expected to be at least 10%. If there is a 10% decrease, then motorcyclist fatalities dropped from 5,290 in 2008 to no more than 4,762 in 2009. For the full year, about three-quarters of the states are expected to have fewer motorcycle fatalities than in 2008. States suggested several reasons for their motorcyclist fatality decreases: less motorcycle travel due to the economy, fewer beginning motorcyclists, increased attention to motorcycle safety programs in the states, and poor cycling weather in some states.


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  • Accession Number: 01156899
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: NTL, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 2 2010 3:13PM