Table 2-22: Motorcycle Rider (Operator) 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 2009 (R) 2010 2011
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 5,174 5,312 4,469 4,518 4,612
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 87,335 87,652 102,994 95,986 89,607 81,979 81,399
Motorcycle riders (operators) involved in crashes N N N 104,777 106,022 73,360 75,149 69,274 66,994 66,716 62,956 55,483 58,861 70,189 74,361 78,305 81,022 87,679 103,185 103,901 123,241 113,733 105,732 96,457 99,500
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 9,633 9,552 9,576 10,122 10,454 12,049 21,396 20,811 20,822 18,513 18,500
Rates per 100 million vehicle-miles                                                  
Fatalities 56.65 50.36 50.23 33.94 30.57 25.06 24.72 22.66 22.73 21.78 20.99 22.31 23.46 27.67 33.19 34.23 38.78 39.79 43.77 40.14 24.18 25.52 21.46 24.40 24.93
Injured persons N N N 881.92 876.39 681.17 600.00 560.60 586.71 557.27 521.52 476.26 472.28 551.37 625.31 677.48 700.74 754.58 835.42 727.46 481.37 461.23 430.35 442.82 439.99
Motorcycle riders (operators) involved in crashes N N N 1096.34 1155.18 767.60 758.62 676.50 683.82 672.54 624.50 539.56 556.13 670.45 771.94 819.78 846.09 866.22 987.04 862.32 576.00 546.50 507.79 521.03 537.84

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

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.

Since Vehicle-miles data for 2000 and later years are estimated using enhanced methodology, data for these years are not comparable with prior years or with numbers published in the previous NTS reports.

SOURCES:

Fatalities and injuries :

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 May 2013, and personal communications, Jun. 7, 2012 and May 22, 2013.

Motorcycle riders (operators) involved in crashes

U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, personal communications, Jun. 7, 2012 and May 22, 2013.

Vehicle-miles:

U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), table VM-1, and similar tables in earlier editions, available at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policy/ohpi/hss/hsspubs.cfm as of May 7, 2013.