Spotlight on Highway Safety
Motorcyclist Traffic Fatalities by State:
2011 Preliminary Data
Published May 2012
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In late January 2012, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) asked each state and the District of Columbia to provide their preliminary motorcyclist fatality counts for 2011, as they did for 2010 and 2009. All 50 states and the District of Columbia supplied data. Many states also presented their views on why their motorcyclist fatalities increased or decreased.
Based upon preliminary data, GHSA projects that the number of motorcyclist traffic fatalities in the United States was about the same in 2011 as in 2010.
The report points out that a strengthening economy and rising gas prices don’t bode well for future fatality numbers. As the economy strengthens, more people will have disposable income for purchasing and riding motorcycles. At the same time, in the past three decades, as gas prices rise, so do motorcycle fatalities.
Finally, the report recommends five strategies that states can implement to help make a difference in keeping motorcyclists safer on our nation's roadways.
- Motorcyclist Traffic Fatalities by State: 2011 Preliminary Data [517 KB, 15 pgs.]
- News Release: New Study: No Progress in Reducing Motorcyclist Deaths (May 22, 2012)