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Top 20 Motorcycle Facts in the United States

The Most Important United States Motorcycle Statistics

While Steve McQueen’s famous motorcycle jump certainly depicts the pure thrill of dare devil riding, not every motorcyclist is trained to perform an action movie stunt. The following top 20 motorcycle facts may help you stay safe and in one piece whenever you fire up your hog to go for a ride!

1. As of 2018, there are 8.3 million registered motorcycles in the U.S, which is double the 4.2 million total from 2002.

2. In almost every state, motorcyclists are required to use headlights at all times.

3. If riders want to hit the interstate or limited access highways, their bikes must be over 50 cc.

4. Motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to be killed in accident than people in passenger vehicles.

5. Nearly 79% of all motorcycle collisions in the U.S. result in injury, while 4% of all motorcycle accidents are fatal.

6. According to the NHSTA, the most common types of motorcycle injuries are in the upper and lower extremities, such as facial and head injuries as well as burns to the legs.

7. In 2019, California had the highest number of registered motorcycles in the country estimating at about 808,400 motorcycles.

8. With only 24,000 registered motorcycles, Rhode Island has the least number of registered motorcycles.

9. Nearly 20% of motorcyclists in the U.S. are women, almost doubling the number of female riders since 2003.

10. As of March 2020, Harley-Davidson has been named the number one motorcycle manufacturer in the U.S.

11. With only an 11% failure rate, Yamaha/Star is the safest bike to ride in the country and an excellent motorcycle for new riders.

12. Even though more than half of the motorcycles on the road today are cruisers, these are the most dangerous types of motorcycles in the U.S.

13. Mississippi has the highest motorcycle fatality rate at about 15.92 fatalities per 10,000 registered motorcycles in the state.

14. About 75% of all motorcycle accidents involve collisions with another vehicle.

15. In multiple-vehicle collisions, 2/3 of accidents are caused by the other vehicle’s negligence of the motorcycle’s right-of-way.

16. Nearly 50% of all fatal motorcycle accidents show alcohol involvement.

17. Half of multiple-vehicle collisions occur due to the view of the motorcycle being obstructed by a glare or another vehicle.

18. Riding between lanes of traffic is prohibited in all 50 states as well as riding two (or more) in some states.

19. In roughly 98% of motorcycle accidents, weather is not a contributing factor.

20. Approximately 50% of motorcyclists use helmets, despite head injuries being some of the deadliest.

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