May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
According to the NHTSA, per mile traveled in 2014, the number of deaths on motorcycles was more than 27 times the number in cars. Motorcycles are less stable than cars during maneuvers such as emergency braking and swerving and are less visible on the road. Some motorcycles have high performance capabilities that can encourage riders to speed, accelerate quickly or engage in other risky driving maneuvers. When motorcyclists crash, they lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle, so they're more likely to be injured or killed.
In 2015, 4,976 people died in motorcycle crashes nationwide, and 88,000 motorcyclists were injured.
According to the latest data available from the Federal Highway Administration, there were 8.6 million private and commercial motorcycles on U.S. roads in 2015.
The Texas Department of Transportation’s statewide “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” motorcycle safety and public awareness campaign urges motorists to look twice for motorcycles especially at intersections and when changing lanes, the two places where serious motorcycle collisions commonly occur. Their page has resources to share on social media and other facts and figures.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Motorcycle page has a wealth of resources on state laws, legislative policy and other facts and data.
The Insurance Information Institute has a Motorcycle Issues page, where you can find information on motorcycle thefts, crash data and safety issues.