Motorcycle Accidents (Crashes)

There were 4,905 fatal motorcycle crashes in the United States in 2018. Charts are per Population so states can be compared. For statistics, please note that the term motorcycle crashes is used instead of motorcycle accidents. Please see ANALYSIS for motorcycle DANGER measures.

Motorcycles = Vehicles


USA and State Fatal Motorcycle Crashes Historical Charts

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Terms Explained

•A motorcycle is a type of motor vehicle; we can compare motorcycles to other types of motor vehicles.

•A motorcycle crash is a crash that includes at least one motorcycle.

•These crashes are either single vehicle crashes–where the motorcycle is the only vehicle–or multi-vehicle crashes–which includes any number of any type of vehicle–including other motorcycles.

•Fatally injured means that death due to injuries occurred within 30 days of the crash.

•Fatal crashes have one or more fatally injured persons. If there are more than one fatally injured person, the count remains as one crash

•In a Fatal Motorcycle Crash, anybody could be fatally injured: Pedestrians, Bicyclists, Drivers, Passengers, Motorcyclists, or any other person fatally injured in the motorcycle crash.

•Example: A motorcycle striking and fatally injuring a pedestrian is a Fatal Motorcycle Crash, but will not be counted as a Motorcyclist Fatality.


Where The Fatal Motorcycle Crashes Data Come 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.


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