Motorcycle Deaths by State
Motorcycle Deaths by State

According to the NHTSA, there were 5,014 motorcyclists killed in 2019, which accounted for 14 percent of traffic fatalities. Florida, California, and Texas once again topped the list for states with the most motorcycle fatalities in 2019.

Courtesy of the NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis, the table below breaks down motorcycle deaths by state.

State20192018
Alabama9080
Alaska49
Arizona169142
Arkansas5858
California451472
Colorado9399
Connecticut4348
Delaware1516
District of Columbia38
Florida559547
Georgia164148
Hawaii2032
Idaho2435
Illinois131106
Indiana120101
Iowa3839
Kansas3657
Kentucky8386
Louisiana8575
Maine2521
Maryland7158
Massachusetts4458
Michigan126129
Minnesota4157
Mississippi3739
Missouri120101
Montana2221
Nebraska2422
Nevada5557
New Hampshire2727
New Jersey7951
New Mexico4943
New York129141
North Carolina203181
North Dakota914
Ohio148124
Oklahoma6685
Oregon5373
Pennsylvania166153
Rhode Island1118
South Carolina140130
South Dakota1415
Tennessee147157
Texas400396
Utah3444
Vermont76
Virginia9398
Washington8976
West Virginia2736
Wisconsin7972
Wyoming1214
U.S. Total47334675
Puerto Rico3439

Key Takeaways from 2019 Data

  • Per vehicle miles traveled in 2019, motorcyclist fatalities occurred nearly 29 times more frequently than passenger car occupant fatalities in traffic crashes.
  • Thirty percent of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes in 2019 were riding without valid motorcycle licenses.
  • In 2019 motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes had higher percentages of alcohol impairment than drivers of any other motor vehicle type (29% for motorcycles, 20% for passenger cars, 19% for light trucks, and 2% for large trucks).
  • Forty-two percent of motorcycle riders who died in single-vehicle crashes in 2019 were alcohol-impaired.
  • Motorcycle riders killed in traffic crashes at night were almost three times more frequently alcohol-impaired than those killed during the day in 2019.
  • In States without universal helmet laws, 57 percent of motorcyclists killed in 2019 were not wearing helmets, as compared to 9 percent in States with universal helmet laws.

For more information, view the 2019 Motorcycle Traffic Safety Facts PDF from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).


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