Motorcycle fatalities increased from 4,594 in 2014 to 5,286 in 2016. about 40% of those fatalities were cyclists who were not wearing helmets. On average, during each of those years, 90,000 cyclists were injured.
In 2018, twenty eight motorcyclists lost their lives in crashes on New Hampshire roadways. That is almost 20% of the total fatalities experienced in our state during that year. In recent years, very few of the fatal crashes occured during bike week.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), A motorcycle crash is a complex event involving the interaction of human, vehicle, and environmental factors. While there is no typical motorcycle crash, what is typical is that a motorcycle crash is a violent event. More than 80 percent of all reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death to the motorcyclist. The motorcycle itself provides no head injury protection to the rider or passenger. Ejection from the motorcycle is a common injury pathway. If a motorcycle comes to a sudden stop and the rider is ejected from the motorcycle, the rider will forcibly strike objects in the path as well as the ground.
Crash data shows that when a motorcycle crash is caused by the cycle driver, it is often the result of impairment and speed. Lack of experience as a cyclists or operating a newer model more powerful cycle than a cyclist is trained on or is used to seems to be an increasing part of the problem.
When a crash involving a motorcycle is caused by a driver other than a cyclist it often involves some type of distraction.
Like, almost all other crashes, these crashes are also preventable.