Go to navigation Go to content
Toll-Free: (888) 348-2616
Phone: (816) 471-5111
Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys

Motorcycle Crash Statistics: Kansas City motorcyclists are 32 times more likely to die than drivers of passenger cars!

Motorcycles make up only four percent of vehicles on the road, yet they are involved in 11 percent of fatal accidents. In 2008, a record 5,290 people died in motorcycle crashes. This is the highest number of motorcycle fatalities in one year since the U.S. Department of Transportation began keeping records of motorcycle fatalities in 1975 and represents an 11-year trend of increasing numbers of motorcycle fatalities.
 
2008 U.S. MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT STATISTICS

U.S. motorcycle crashes:
 
  • Number of motorcycles involved in crashes in 2008: 114,000
  • Number of motorcycle crash fatalities in 2008: 5,290
  • Number of motorcyclists injured in accidents: 96,000
 
Motorcycle crash fatality rates:
 
  • Number of registered motorcycles in the United States (2007): 7,138,476
  • Number of motorcycle crash fatalities in 2007: 5,174
  • Number of motorcycle crash fatalities in 2008: 5,290
  • Motorcycle fatality rate per 100,000 registered vehicles (2007): 72.48
  • Motorcycle fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles travelled (2007): 38.01
  • Percent increase in fatalities between 2007 and 2008: 2.2% increase
 
Driver behavior in fatal motorcycle accidents:
 
  • Speeding: 35%  
  • Alcohol Use: 29% (43% of single vehicle fatal crashes)
  • Driving without a license: 25%
 
Helmet-use in fatal motorcycle accidents:
 
  • 66% of motorcyclists killed in fatal motorcycle crashes were wearing helmets.
  • 48% of motorcyclists killed in alcohol-related fatal motorcycle crashes were wearing helmets.
  • In 2008, helmets saved 1,829 lives.  
  • If all motorcyclists had worn helmets, another 823 lives would have been saved.
  • In Missouri, all motorcyclists are required to wear a helmet.
  • In Kansas, only motorcyclists under age 18 must wear a helmet.
  •  
  
Motorcycle accidents in Missouri

 
In 2008, there were more than 1,506 motorcycle crashes in Missouri. These accidents caused 66 motorcyclist deaths and 1,427 injuries.  
     
Motorcycle accidents in Kansas
 
In 2008, there were more than 1,138 motorcycle crashes in Kansas. These accidents caused 45 motorcyclist deaths and 1,086 injuries. Seventy-five percent of those killed in motorcycle accidents were not wearing helmets.
 
Injured in a Kansas City motorcycle crash?
 
Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys represents victims of motorcycle crashes in Kansas City and throughout the states of Missouri and Kansas. Our Kansas City motorcycle accident injury attorneys have written a free book, KC Biker Bible.  This book describes the rights of injured motorcyclists in Kansas and Missouri. If you need help after a motorcycle accident or have questions, contact Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys at 888-348-2616.
James Roswold
James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.

Live Chat