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List of motorcycle deaths in U.S. by year
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This is a list of motorcycle deaths in U.S. by year from 1994 to 2010. United States motorcycle fatalities increased every year for 11 years since reaching a historic low of 2,116 fatalities in 1997, until a decline in 2009. In nine years, motorcycle deaths have more than doubled.
Since 1980, motorcycle ownership among riders aged 40 and over has increased dramatically, from 15.1 percent of all riders in 1980 to 43.7 percent in 1998. The mean engine displacement of the motorcycles involved in fatal crashes has also increased, from an average engine size of 769 cc in 1990, to 959 cc in 2001, an increase of 24.7 percent. This combination of older riders on higher-powered motorcycles may be partially responsible for the increase in motorcycle deaths from the late 1990s until 2004.
Half of motorcycle fatalities in single vehicle crashes relate to problems negotiating a curve prior to a crash—almost 60 percent of motorcyclist fatalities in single vehicle crashes occur at night.
In 2009, motorcycle fatalities in the US declined for the first time in 11 years. The yearly total dropped from 5,312 to 4,462. Automobile fatalities continued to decline for the seventh straight year. A decline in recreational motorcycling due to the late-2000s recession might account for the decrease in accidents, according to the authors of a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, but a State motorcyclists' rights organization, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, said motorcycle use appears to have increased, influenced by motorcycles' better fuel economy.
|† some NHTSA lists show 3,181|
|‡ some NHTSA lists show 3,714|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHSA, Motorcycle Safety Program, US, http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/pedbimot/motorcycle/motorcycle03/recent.htm, retrieved 2011-04-04
- ↑ Hurt, Hugh H. (January 1981 (Final Report)). "Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures, Volume 1: Technical Report, Hurt, H.H., Ouellet, J.V. and Thom, D.R., Traffic Safety Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90007, Contract No. DOT HS-5-01160". U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA. http://www.ct.gov/dot/LIB/dot/Documents/dhighwaysafety/CTDOT_Hurt.pdf.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (August 2010) (Wikipedia:Adobe PDF), Traffic Safety Facts; DOT HS 811 363, http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811363.pdf, retrieved 2011-05-04
- ↑ Lowy, Joan; Wikipedia:Associated Press (19 April 2011), Motorcycle deaths drop, but trend is worrisome, Wikipedia:msnbc.com, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42652331/ns/us_news-life/t/motorcycle-deaths-drop-overall-trend-worrisome//ALeqM5hL5NlsOsGwVoVKzoyRlh_ec54cDQ?docId=970fc2f9b62242a0baa193db3d6234fe, retrieved 2011-05-04