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Old 05-10-2005, 01:08 PM   #1
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Motorcycles are less stable and less visible than cars, and they have high performance capabilities. For these and other reasons, motorcycles are more likely than cars to be in crashes. And when motorcycles crash, their riders lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle, so they're more likely to be injured or killed. Per mile traveled, the number of deaths on motorcycles is about 27 times the number in cars.1

The number of fatally injured motorcyclists increased by 75 percent from an all-time low in 1997. In particular, the increase is due to a dramatic jump in the number of deaths among motorcycle riders 40 and older.

Research published in 1995 shows that 5 crash types account for 86 percent of fatal motorcycle crashes: motorcycle runs off road (41 percent), motorcycle or other vehicle runs traffic control (18 percent), head on (11 percent), car turns in front of cycle (8 percent), and motorcycle goes down in roadway (7 percent).2

Because serious head injury is common among fatally injured motorcyclists, helmet use is important. In states that require all riders to wear helmets, use approaches 100 percent compared with about 50 percent in other states.3 Yet only 20 states and the District of Columbia mandate helmet use by all riders. Death rates from head injuries have been shown to be twice as high among motorcyclists in states with no helmet laws or laws that apply only to young riders, compared with states where laws apply to all riders.4 In the last few years several states have repealed or weakened their helmet laws. In 1997, helmet laws in Texas and Arkansas were weakened to apply only to younger riders. Kentucky weakened its law in 1998, Florida weakened its law in 2000, and Pennsylvania weakened its law in 2003. Louisiana weakened its law in 1999 but reverted to universal coverage in 2004. Repealing or weakening helmet laws so they don't apply to all riders has been followed by increases in deaths. 5,6,7,8 In contrast, benefits return when helmet laws applying to all riders are reinstated.9,10

Helmets are about 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle deaths11 and about 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries.1 An unhelmeted rider is 40 percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury, compared with a helmeted rider.12

The following facts are based on analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).



OVERVIEW
3,590 motorcyclists died in crashes in 2003. Motorcycle deaths had been declining since the early 1980s but began to increase in 1998 and have continued to increase. Since 1997, motorcycle deaths are up 75 percent.

Motorcycle deaths as a percentage of all motor vehicle crash deaths, 1975-2003
Passenger vehicle occupant deaths Motorcyclist deaths All motor vehicle deaths
Year Num % Num % Num
1975 30,601 69 3,106 7 44,525
1976 31,724 70 3,232 7 45,523
1977 32,823 69 4,004 8 47,878
1978 34,923 69 4,448 9 50,331
1979 35,026 69 4,712 9 51,093
1980 34,995 68 4,955 10 51,091
1981 33,711 68 4,737 10 49,301
1982 29,653 67 4,267 10 43,945
1983 29,151 68 4,099 10 42,589
1984 30,091 68 4,425 10 44,257
1985 29,846 68 4,415 10 43,825
1986 32,224 70 4,309 9 46,087
1987 33,145 71 3,832 8 46,390
1988 34,104 72 3,491 7 47,087
1989 33,599 74 3,030 7 45,582
1990 32,711 73 3,128 7 44,599
1991 30,810 74 2,702 7 41,508
1992 29,457 75 2,291 6 39,250
1993 29,994 75 2,346 6 40,150
1994 30,813 76 2,215 5 40,716
1995 31,912 76 2,138 5 41,817
1996 32,354 77 2,077 5 42,065
1997 32,329 77 2,056 5 42,013
1998 31,779 77 2,227 5 41,501
1999 32,008 77 2,419 6 41,717
2000 32,109 77 2,829 7 41,945
2001 31,938 76 3,123 7 42,196
2002 32,724 76 3,187 7 43,005
2003 31,803 75 3,590 8 42,643

Twenty-five percent of fatally injured motorcycle drivers in 2003 didn't have valid licenses to operate their motorcycles.
Motorcycle driver deaths by license compliance, 1993-2003
Passenger vehicle drivers Motorcycle drivers
No valid license All* No valid license All*
Year Num % Num Num % Num
1993 2,753 13 20,036 808 38 2,120
1994 2,831 13 20,642 750 37 1,995
1995 3,056 14 21,455 703 36 1,939
1996 2,953 13 21,631 631 33 1,881
1997 2,900 13 21,701 612 32 1,878
1998 2,942 13 21,627 649 31 2,026
1999 2,931 13 21,899 611 27 2,223
2000 3,127 15 21,819 730 27 2,591
2001 2,977 13 21,862 799 27 2,886
2002 3,279 15 22,537 763 25 2,952
2003 3,080 14 21,949 827 25 3,315
*Total includes other and/or unknowns



AGE AND GENDER
Ninety percent of motorcyclists killed in 2003 were males.
Motorcycle deaths by age and gender, 2003
Male Female Total
Age Num % Num % Num
<16 29 85 5 15 34
16-19 161 91 16 9 177
20-24 491 93 36 7 527
25-29 380 94 25 6 405
30-34 375 91 36 9 411
35-39 364 90 40 10 404
40-44 408 86 64 14 472
45-49 350 86 55 14 405
50-54 288 89 35 11 323
55-59 218 92 19 8 237
60-69 134 91 13 9 147
≥70 45 96 2 4 47
Total* 3,243 90 347 10 3,590
*Total includes other and/or unknowns

Seventy percent of the females who died in a motorcycle crash in 2003 were passengers. Ninety-nine percent of males who died were drivers.
Motorcycle deaths by person type, 2003
Male Female
Person type Num % Num %
Driver 3,210 99 105 30
Passenger 33 1 242 70
All* 3,243 100 347 100
*Total includes other and/or unknowns

In the early 1980s the proportion of fatally injured motorcyclists 40 and older started to increase substantially, from 9 percent in 1982 to 15 percent in 1991 and 45 percent in 2003. However, the absolute number of cyclist deaths has been climbing in all age groups since 1998.

Motorcycle deaths by age, 1975-2003
<29 30-39 ≥40 All*
Year Num % Num % Num % Num
1975 2,475 80 419 13 208 7 3,106
1976 2,565 79 426 13 239 7 3,232
1977 3,211 80 529 13 259 6 4,004
1978 3,557 80 603 14 281 6 4,448
1979 3,627 77 729 15 350 7 4,712
1980 3,641 73 896 18 414 8 4,955
1981 3,487 74 840 18 401 8 4,737
1982 3,082 72 790 19 385 9 4,267
1983 2,959 72 765 19 369 9 4,099
1984 3,171 72 813 18 428 10 4,425
1985 3,160 72 849 19 401 9 4,415
1986 3,034 70 877 20 388 9 4,309
1987 2,588 68 831 22 413 11 3,832
1988 2,309 66 757 22 424 12 3,491
1989 1,873 62 735 24 419 14 3,030
1990 1,885 60 805 26 438 14 3,128
1991 1,580 58 711 26 410 15 2,702
1992 1,242 54 638 28 411 18 2,291
1993 1,229 52 647 28 469 20 2,346
1994 1,121 51 584 26 509 23 2,215
1995 1,057 49 562 26 519 24 2,138
1996 932 45 541 26 604 29 2,077
1997 837 41 547 27 672 33 2,056
1998 897 40 599 27 730 33 2,227
1999 878 36 601 25 940 39 2,419
2000 986 35 696 25 1,142 40 2,829
2001 1,108 35 789 25 1,224 39 3,123
2002 1,022 32 767 24 1,396 44 3,187
2003 1,143 32 815 23 1,631 45 3,590
*Total includes other and/or unknowns



CRASH TYPES
Forty-three percent of motorcycle deaths in 2003 occurred in single-vehicle crashes, and 57 percent occurred in multiple-vehicle crashes.
Motorcycle deaths by crash type, 2003
Crash type Deaths %
Multiple-vehicle 2,055 57
Single-vehicle 1,535 43
All crashes 3,590 100

Forty-three percent of motorcycle drivers dying in single-vehicle motorcycle crashes in 2003 had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above 0.08 percent.
Estimated number and percent of fatally injured motorcycle drivers with high BACs by crash type, 2003
Deaths Estimated deaths with BACs≥0.08 Estimated deaths with BACs≥0.15
Crash type Num Num % Num %
Single-vehicle 1,432 622 43 386 27
Multiple-vehicle 1,883 364 19 208 11
All crashes 3,315 986 30 594 18



WHEN THEY DIED
Seventy-two percent of 2003 motorcycle deaths occurred during April-September. They peaked in August and were lowest in January.
Motorcycle deaths by month, 2003
Deaths %
January 80 2
February 92 3
March 207 6
April 351 10
May 354 10
June 449 13
July 478 13
August 513 14
September 440 12
October 328 9
November 180 5
December 118 3
Total 3,590 100

Sixty percent of 2003 motorcycle deaths occurred on Friday-Sunday.
Motorcycle deaths by day of week, 2003
Deaths %
Sunday 805 22
Monday 365 10
Tuesday 344 10
Wednesday 349 10
Thursday 380 11
Friday 523 15
Saturday 823 23
Total* 3,590 100
*Total includes other and/or unknowns

In 2003, 42 percent of motorcycle deaths occurred between 3 pm and 9 pm. Another 29 percent occurred at night (9 pm-6 am).
Motorcycle deaths by time of day, 2003
Deaths %
Midnight-3am 380 11
3am-6am 99 3
6am-9am 175 5
9am-Noon 272 8
Noon-3pm 547 15
3pm-6pm 790 22
6pm-9pm 721 20
9pm-Midnight 567 16
Total* 3,590 100
*Total includes other and/or unknowns

Among motorcycle drivers killed at night in 2003, 56 percent had BACs at or above 0.08 percent.
Estimated number and percent of fatally injured motorcycle drivers with high BACs by time of day, 2003
Deaths Estimated deaths with BACs≥0.08 Estimated deaths with BACs≥0.15
Time of day Num Num % Num %
Nighttime (9pm-6am) 953 533 56 334 35
Other times 2,362 453 19 260 11
Total 3,315 986 30 594 18

Over half of 2003 motorcycle deaths occurred on major roads other than interstates and freeways.
Motorcycle deaths by location of crash, 2003
Urban Rural All*
Num % Num % Num %
Interstates and freeways 333 9 95 3 428 12
Major roads 829 23 1,200 33 2,029 57
Minor roads 546 15 528 15 1,074 30
All* 1,729 48 1,832 51 3,590 100
*Total includes other and/or unknowns



REFERENCES
1National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 2004. Traffic safety facts, 2003. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Transportation.

2Preusser, D.F.; Williams, A.F.; and Ulmer, R.G. 1995. Analysis of fatal motorcycle crashes: crash typing. Accident Analysis and Prevention 27:845-51.

3National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Without motorcycle helmets, we all pay the price. Available: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/inju...ike/index.html.

4Sosin, D.M.; Sacks, J.J.; and Holmgreen, P. 1990. Head injury-associated deaths from motorcycle crashes: relationship to helmet use laws. Journal of the American Medical Association 264:2395-99.

5Hartunian, N.S.; Smart, C.N.; Willemain, T.R.; and Zador, P.L. 1983. The economics of safety deregulation: lives and dollars lost due to repeal of motorcycle helmet laws. Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law 8:76-98.

6Watson, G.S.; Zador, P.L.; and Wilks, A. 1980. The repeal of helmet use laws and increased motorcyclist mortality in the USA: 1975-1978. American Journal of Public Health 70:579-85.

7Watson, G.S.; Zador, P.L.; and Wilks, A. 1981. Helmet use, helmet use laws, and motorcyclist fatalities. American Journal of Public Health 71:297-300.

8Preusser, D.F.; Hedlund, J.H.; and Ulmer, R.G. 2000. Evaluation of motorcycle helmet law repeal in Arkansas and Texas. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Transportation.

9McSwain, N.E.; Willey, A.; and Janke, T.H. 1985. The impact of reenactment of the motorcycle helmet law in Louisiana. Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the American Association for Automotive Medicine, 425-46. Arlington Heights, IL: American Association for Automotive Medicine.

10National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 1984. The impact of reenactment of the motorcycle helmet law in Louisiana. Report no. DOT-HS-806-760. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Transportation.

11National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 2004. Motorcycle helmet effectiveness revisited. Report no. DOT-HS-809-715. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Transportation.

12National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 1996. Motorcycle helmets: the facts of life. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Transportation.



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Good article; yet another reason to do it the right way.
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did you get to view the charts????
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Ahh! I see the charts now. Everyone needs to be careful out there!
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yeah, look at the age chart, that is scary for you young guys.
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yeah, look at the age chart, that is scary for you young guys.
How old are you?
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yeah, look at the age chart, that is scary for you young guys.
How old are you?
Do we have another old man on the boards?
maybe,
could be,
who knows.
im older than you ,im sure of that.
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maybe,
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im older than you ,im sure of that.

Don't be ashamed. lolz
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ohhhhh, make no mistake about it,, no shame hear with my age,, im prolly ten years older than you but, still look five years younger than you.......



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ohhhhh, make no mistake about it,, no shame hear with my age,, im prolly ten years older than you but, still look five years younger than you.......

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LOL til he takes his hat off........... then he looks 10 years older then me even haha lol j/k mang
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thats funny larry,,, im going bald on purpose..... my g/f likes it that way...
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thats what stress does to you,, i have gray hair also but,, i color it..
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