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 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
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 2,483 2,897 3,197 3,270 3,714 4,028 4,576 4,837 5,154 5,290
Injured persons N N N 84,285 80,435 65,099 59,436 57,405 57,480 55,281 52,574 48,974 49,986 57,723 60,236 64,713 67,103 76,379 87,000 88,000 103,000 96,000
Motorcycles involved in crashes N N N 103,114 105,030 72,177 74,565 68,752 66,354 66,224 61,451 54,477 57,322 68,783 73,342 76,004 79,131 85,538 103,000 104,000 123,000 114,000
Vehicle-miles (millions) 5,629 10,214 9,086 9,557 9,178 9,557 9,906 10,240 9,797 9,920 10,081 10,283 10,584 10,469 9,639 9,552 9,577 10,122 10,454 12,049 13,612 U
Rates per 100 million vehicle-miles                                            
Fatalities 56.7 50.4 50.2 33.9 30.6 25.1 24.7 22.7 22.7 21.8 21.0 22.3 23.5 27.7 33.2 34.2 38.8 39.8 43.8 40.1 37.9 U
Injured persons N N N 882 876 681 600 561 587 557 522 476 472 551 625 677 701 755 832 730 757 U
Motorcycles involved in crashes N N N 1,079 1,144 755 753 671 677 668 610 530 542 657 761 796 826 845 985 863 904 U

KEY: N = data do not exist; U = data are unavailable.

NOTES
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.

SOURCES
Fatalities, injuries and vehicle-miles:
1975-2007: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Traffic Safety Facts, Final Edition, (Washington, DC: Annual issues), table 10, available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/ as of March 2009.
2008: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Traffic Safety Facts, Early Edition, (Washington, DC: Annual issues), table 10, available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/ as of December 2, 2009.
Motorcycles involved in crashes:
1975-2004: 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, May 25, 2006.
2005-07: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Traffic Safety Facts, Final Edition, (Washington, DC: Annual issues), table 35, available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/ as of March 2009.
2008: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Traffic Safety Facts, Early Edition, (Washington, DC: Annual issues), table 36, available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/ as of December 2, 2009.