Table 2-22. Motorcycle Rider Safety Data

Table 2-22. Motorcycle Rider Safety Data

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  1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998R 1999
Fatalities 3,244 2,806 2,395 2,449 2,320 2,227 2,161 2,116 2,294 2,472
Injured persons 84,000 80,000 65,000 59,000 57,000 57,000 55,000 53,000 49,000 50,000
Crashes 103,000 106,000 72,000 72,000 67,000 63,000 66,000 61,000 55,000 57,000
Vehicle-miles (billions) 9.6 9.2 9.6 9.9 10.2 9.8 9.9 10.1 10.3 10.6
Rates per 100 million vehicle-milesa                   
Fatalities 34 31 25 25 23 23 22 21 22 23
Injured persons 882 876 681 600 561 587 562 534 476 472
CrashesR 1,078 1,155 753 727 654 643 675 604 524 538

a U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rounds its injury and  crash data to the nearest thousand before publishing them, but it calculates injury rates using  the unrounded data. NHTSA also calculates fatality and injury rates using vehicle-miles expressed to  a higher level of precision than shown here. USDOT, Bureau of Transportation  Statistics rounded vehicle-miles to the nearest 100 million in this table.

KEY: R = revised; U = data are not available.

NOTE: The injury and crash data in this table are from NHTSA's General Estimates System (GES).  The data from the GES, which began operation in 1988, are obtained from a nationally representative probability  sample selected from all police-reported crashes. The GES sample includes only crashes where a police accident  report was completed and the crash resulted in property damage, injury, or death. The resulting figures do not take into account crashes that were not reported to the police or that did not result in property damage.  The 1993 National Transportation Statistics (NTS) Compendium and earlier editions illustrated crashes and injury figures estimated by the National Safety Council, which used a different set of  methods to arrive at its figures. Thus, the injury and crash figures in this edition of NTS may not be comparable  with those found in the Compendium and earlier editions.

SOURCES:
Fatalities, injuries, and vehicle-miles:
U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for  Statistics and Analysis, Traffic Safety Facts 1998, DOT HS 808 983 (Washington, DC: October, 1999), table 10, and personal communication, Sept.11, 2000.
Crashes:
Fatality Analysis Reporting System and General Estimates System, personal communications,  Feb. 2, 1999, and Sept. 11, 2000.