Many Maryland residents choose to ride motorcycles instead of larger passenger vehicles. While they get a great sense of freedom from riding, there are serious risks, including crashes. These are some facts and statistics on motorcycle accidents.
Increase in fatalities from motorcycle accidents
In spite of only 3% of all registered vehicles being motorcycles, there was an increase in crashes resulting in fatalities. Between 2019 and 2020, deaths stemming from motorcycle accidents increased by 11% and accounted for both operators and passengers.
In recent years, most motorcycle fatalities took place on urban roads during the daytime and in good weather conditions. Most of these accidents involved two vehicles and occurred while motorcyclists were wearing helmets.
Motorcycle accident injuries
The rate of injuries not resulting in death among motorcycle riders decreased by 2%. At the same time, during the period of 2019 to 2020, motorcycle riders suffered injuries at an increased rate of 10%. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), injuries sustained by motorcyclists decreased by 21% compared with the rate from 2016.
Not wearing a helmet was the leading cause of motorcyclist deaths at 37%. Speeding accounted for 34% of fatalities. The third highest cause of death involving motorcycle riders and passengers was driving under the influence (DUI), accounting for 27% of those deaths.
Age groups most affected by fatal motorcycle accidents
Although motorcyclists include individuals of all ages, those who are most affected by fatal crashes are in the 25- to 29-year age group. In 2020, 706 people in that age range tragically lost their lives in motorcycle accidents. The group next most affected were people between 30 and 34 years old.
Motorcyclists can’t always avoid accidents, but using common sense and safety gear could reduce the risks.