Motorcycle Fatalities

Current Facts

Motorcycles are dangerous. In almost all fatal motorcycle crashes, the motorcycle was the striking vehicle. Almost half of all fatal motorcycle crashes do not involve any other vehicle. Human operators will make mistakes, and there is no protection from mistakes when the operator is on a motorcycle. There were 4,985 motorcyclists killed and 4,905 fatal motorcycle crashes in the United States in 2018. Within this fatality reporting system we are careful to use accurate terminology to improve comparisons. For statistics, please note that the term MotorcycLIST Fatalities is used for MotorcycLE Fatalities, and that the term Motorcycle Crashes is used for Motorcycle Accidents.

Where The Data Comes From

We obtain our data and statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), the Federal Highway Administration, and the US Census Bureau.

National Motorcycle Institute (NMI, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization. This NMI Fatality Reporting System website is the data and statistics reporting system managed by National Motorcycle Institute.

Our goal is to provide scientifically meaningful data, statistics, and analysis while being an effective, transparent and professionally run 501(c)(3) public charity. We are a resource for the general public and governmental agencies, and we are purposefully independent of the motorcycling industry.

We emphasize that there are two types of fatality data to follow, one involving persons (motorcyclists) and the other involving vehicles (motorcycles). We encourage people to become familiar with the difference between fatalities (persons) and crashes (vehicles). In other words, motorcycle fatalities really means motorcyclist fatalities.

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