May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, per mile traveled in 2017, motorcyclists were 28 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash. 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.
Motorcyclists continue to account for a considerable proportion of U.S. road trauma. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis, in 2016 there were 5,286 motorcyclists killed on U.S. roadways, and approximately 88,000 motorcyclists were injured.
According to the latest data available from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there were 8.4 million motorcycles in the U.S. in 2017, including almost 400,000 in Texas alone.
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.