Spotlights on Highway Safety Issues
Motorcyclist Traffic Fatalities by State
GHSA publishes annual motorcyclist fatality reports as part of its Spotlight on Highway Safety series.
GHSA's State Highway Safety Office (SHSO) members provide the data used in the reports.
2015 Preliminary Data
Published May 2016
Motorcyclist fatalities in the United States are expected to have increased by 10 percent, compared with 2014. The report is based on preliminary data supplied by all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The report also examines recent trends in motorcyclist crash patterns and fatalities. In addition, it outlines efforts to further reduce motorcyclist crashes and fatalities. This is the seventh year in a row that GHSA has released motorcyclist fatality projections. Learn More
2014 Preliminary Data
Published May 2015
The report also examines changes in motorcyclist crash patterns and fatalities over the past decades and three-year state trends. Learn More
2013 Preliminary Data
Published May 2014
A return to cooler, wetter weather in the early months of the year is the primary explanation for the drop in fatalities. The report notes that we cannot rely on bad weather to continue to improve motorcycle safety. Learn More
2012 Preliminary Data
Published April 2013
This report projects that motorcyclist fatalities increased 9 percent between 2011 and 2012, based on preliminary data supplied by the states.
Unseasonably warm weather, an improving economy, and rising gas prices are suggested as factors that may have contributed to this spike in motorcycle deaths. The report recommends several proven countermeasures to help reverse the trend. Learn More
2011 Preliminary Data
Published May 2012
The report also discusses how a strengthening economy and rising gas prices may influence fatality numbers and recommends five strategies that states can implement to help make a difference in keeping motorcyclists safer on our nation's roadways. Learn More
2010 Preliminary Data
Published April 2011
While the national decline is good news, there are some areas of concern, such as: a much smaller decline than the prior year; a 3 percent increase in fatalities in the third quarter; an expected rise in motorcycle travel; and a recent drop in motorcycle helmet use. Learn More
2009 Preliminary Data
Published April 2010
This report projects that motorcyclist traffic fatalities in the United States fell in 2009, the first drop since 1997. The decrease for the full year nationwide was expected to be at least 10 percent.
States suggested several reasons for the decrease, including less motorcycle travel due to the economy, fewer beginning motorcyclists, and increased attention to motorcycle safety programs in the states. Learn More