themvp logo
Call for a Free Case Evaluation, Available 24/7
(833) MVP-WINS
289 Reviews

Motorcycle fatality rate in U.S. by year

Motorcycle accidents continue to be a pressing concern in the United States, with thousands of riders losing their lives each year. It is crucial to examine the motorcycle fatality rate and understand why these accidents occur, to prevent an increase in fatalities in the future.
chevrons down
Learn More
Our highly experienced lawyers will contact you for a Free Legal Consultation.

    What is the Fatality Rate for Motorcycle Riders in the United States?

    According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the fatality rate for motorcycle riders is significantly higher than that of passenger vehicles. In recent years, the number of motorcycle deaths has shown an alarming trend. While the fatality rate per registered vehicle has slightly decreased, the sheer number of fatalities remains a concern.

    The U.S. Department of Transportation reported that in 2020 alone, there were over 5,000 motorcycle fatalities. While this represents a decrease compared to previous years, it is still a substantial loss of life. To put it into perspective, the fatality rate for motorcycles in 2020 was approximately 21 times higher than for passenger cars on a per-mile-traveled basis

    These statistics highlight the urgent need for increased awareness and improved safety measures for motorcyclists on the roads.

    Motorcycle fatality data provided by Wikipedia: 

    Year - Deaths

    • 2000: 2,897
    • 2001: 3,191
    • 2002: 3,244
    • 2003: 3,661
    • 2004: 4,028
    • 2005: 4,576
    • 2006: 4,837
    • 2007: 5,174
    • 2008: 5,312
    • 2009: 4,462
    • 2010: 4,502
    • 2011: 4,612
    • 2012: 4,695
    • 2013: 4,402
    • 2014: 4,295
    • 2015: 4,976
    • 2016: 5,286
    • 2017: 5,172


    What Are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?

    Some common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

    Lack of visibility

    Motorcycles are smaller and less visible compared to passenger vehicles, making it challenging for other drivers to spot them on the road. This often leads to accidents caused by drivers failing to yield the right of way or making sudden lane changes without checking for motorcycles.

    Distracted driving

    The rise in distracted driving, including activities like texting or talking on the phone while driving, has greatly increased the risk of accidents for motorcyclists. When drivers are not fully attentive to the road, they may fail to notice motorcycles in their vicinity, leading to collisions.

    Speeding and reckless driving

    Excessive speed and reckless driving are significant contributors to motorcycle accidents. Riders and other drivers who exceed the speed limits or engage in dangerous maneuvers put themselves and others at risk.

    Lack of helmet use

    Motorcycle helmets are proven to be effective in reducing the risk of severe head injuries and fatalities. However, not all riders consistently wear helmets. Helmet non-compliance remains a concerning factor contributing to the severity of injuries in motorcycle accidents.

    Poorly maintained roads

    Poorly maintained roads, debris, potholes, and other hazards pose a greater threat to motorcyclists due to their reduced stability and lack of protective features compared to passenger vehicles. These road conditions increase the risk of accidents and the severity of resulting injuries.

    Driver error

    In some cases, accidents occur due to errors made by motorcycle riders themselves. This can include factors such as overestimating their riding abilities, misjudging distances, or taking unnecessary risks.


    Should I Speak With a Motorcycle Attorney?

    If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, you must contact a motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible to protect your rights and your claim. The motorcycle accident lawyers at MVP Accident Attorneys understand the unique challenges faced by motorcycle accident victims and offer comprehensive support to help them obtain fair compensation for all accident-related damages.

    Contact Us Today!

    Motorcycle accidents pose a significant risk to riders in the United States, with the fatality rate remaining a pressing concern. If you were involved in a motorcycle collision, a motorcycle accident lawyer at MVP Accident Attorneys can help you recover compensation for all accident-related damages.

    At MVP Accident Attorneys, we offer free consultations to support motorcycle accident victims during these challenging times. Contact us today to learn more.


    brett sachs2
    Brett Sachs

    Brett S. Sachs graduated from Michigan State University College of Law with Cum Laude Honors. While attending Michigan State, Brett was awarded for his service in the Michigan State University College of Law Civil Rights Clinic, where he represented prisoners of the Michigan Department of Corrections from injustices brought upon them. Learn more.

    stars large
    5.0 rating of 289 reviews

    Top-Rated Lawyers

    Last year I had an accident and my car was totaled. I was very upset and didn't know what to do. A friend told me to call MVP and it was the best decision ever. They got my car paid off very fast, set me up with a doctor, and just last week I got a fat check for my pain and suffering. Thank you MVP!

    lizbhett rodriguez
    Lizbhett Rodriguez
    MVP Accident Attorneys was the best decision ever made. They helped me through the process and made it stress free for me. It was first accident and i was super stressed because i didn’t know what to do. I called MVP and was treated so kindly by amazing people who went over my accident with me and any questions i had. They have a whole team! I was then helped by attorney and case managers who set me up with treatment so I can get all patched up. Finally, the liens department took care of all my bills and made sure i had nothing to worry about. 11/10 would recommend them to family and friends! You cannot go wrong with MVP

    generic user
    Jason Acosta
    sidebar image

    When You’ve Been Injured

    check orange
    We Are Available To You 24/7
    check orange
    All Initial Consultations Are Free
    check orange
    You Don’t Pay Unless We Win Your Case
    check orange
    We’ve Recovered Millions Of Dollars For Our Clients
    check orange
    We Are Highly Experienced And Have Handled Thousands Of Cases
    check orange
    We Take A Modern Approach To
    Personal Injury Law
    check orange
    We Know How To Maximize Your Results
    Our highly experienced lawyers will contact you for a Free Legal Consultation.

      The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.
      Contact Us
      Irvine, California
      Phone - (949) 944-1000
      Fax - (949) 944-1111
      4 Park Plaza ste 850, Irvine, CA 92614, United States
      Los Angeles
      Phone - 213-863-5003
      Fax - 213-863-5883
      Address - 145 S Spring St #850, Los Angeles, CA 90012
      Phone - (916)-980-8000
      Fax - (916)-980-8888
      Address - 1201 J St ste 200, Suite 335, Sacramento, CA 95814
      Email Address
      Toll Free:
      (833) 687-9467
      © 2023 MVP Accident Attorneys. All rights reserved.
      © 2023 MVP Accident The information contained on this website is intended to introduce prospective clients to MVP Accident Attorneys, and is not to be considered a legal opinion or an offer to represent you. This website is not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. Emails sent to MVP Accident Attorneys using any of their email addresses, through the use of this website, would not be confidential and would not create an attorney-client relationship.. All rights reserved.
      Send a Message
      Call Now