Table 2-22: Motorcycle Rider Safety Data

Table 2-22: Motorcycle Rider Safety Data

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  1975 1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Fatalities 3,189 5,144 4,564 3,244 2,806 2,395 2,449 2,320 2,227 2,161 2,116 2,294 R2,483 2,862
Injured persons N N N 84,000 80,000 65,000 59,000 57,000 57,000 55,000 53,000 49,000 50,000 58,000
Crashes N N N 103,000 R105,000 72,000 R75,000 R69,000 R66,000 66,000 61,000 R54,000 57,000 69,000
Vehicle-miles (billions) 5.6 10.2 9.1 9.6 9.2 9.6 9.9 10.2 9.8 9.9 10.1 10.3 10.6 10.5
Rates per 100 million vehicle-milesa                            
Fatalities 57 50 50 34 31 25 25 23 23 22 21 22 R24 27
Injured personsR N N N 879 872 680 596 557 582 554 526 477 472 551
Crashes N N N 1,078 R1,144 753 R757 R674 R674 R665 R605 R525 R539 658

KEY: N = data do not exist; R = revised.

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.

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 1999, DOT HS 809 100 (Washington, DC: December, 2000), table 10, and personal communication, Nov. 28, 2001.

Crashes:

U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Fatality Analysis Reporting System Database and General Estimates System Database, personal communication, Dec. 18, 2001.