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Motorcycle accident demographics and statistics

California state and federal agencies monitor motorcycle accident rates in order to improve road safety standards and address threats to motorcycle riders and other motorists alike. Statistics suggest that some regulations and enforcement efforts have translated into a general decline in serious and fatal motorcycle collisions. However, there is also evidence that a shift in motorcycle rider demographics has led to an increase in incidents among one group.

Discussing motorcycle accident rates across the U.S., the Insurance Information Institute notes that approximately 8.5 million motorcycles were in use on America’s roadways in 2012. And while motorcycle-related fatality rates were expected to decrease in 2013, fatal incidents among older motorcycle riders were on the rise. It was documented that fatality rates among motorcyclists 50 years and older were at 7.7 percent in 2011. That number was projected to increase significantly the following year.

Already, motorcyclists were estimated to be five times more likely than automobile motorists to be injured in a collision, and 26 times more likely to be killed in a fatal accident in 2012. And given that motorcycle use was becoming increasingly popular among older Americans, motorcyclists over the age of 40 accounted for more than half of motorcycle fatalities in 2011.

Considering the shift in accident and fatality rates among riders in different age groups, the U.S. Department of Transportation explains that statistics regarding motorcycle accident injuries can also be profoundly impacted by other factors like helmet use. For instance, motorcycle riders wearing helmets were estimated to have a 60 percent better survival rate against head injuries than other motorcyclists.

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