Study projects 9 percent increase in motorcyclist fatalities

May 8, 2013

Washington – The number of motorcyclist fatalities that occurred in 2012 is projected to reach more than 5,000 – about 9 percent higher than the 2011 total, according to a report (.pdf file) from the Governors Highway Safety Association.

The findings are based on preliminary traffic fatality data for the first nine months of 2012 for people operating a motorcycle or riding as a passenger. Compared to the first nine months of 2011, the number of fatalities increased in 34 states, decreased in 16 states and showed no change in the District of Columbia. GHSA identified effects of the strengthening economy, including increased disposable income for purchasing and riding motorcycles, as reasons for the overall increase.

Based on the findings, GHSA recommended that more states adopt motorcycle helmet laws.