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Motorcycle safety facts

Motorcycles compared to all vehicles

  • Motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2015 according to the Insurance Information Institute.

Age and alcohol use

  • In 2015, fatally-injured motorcycle riders between the ages of 35 to 39 had the highest rate of alcohol involvement (37 percent), followed by the 45 to 49 age group (36 percent) and the 35-39 age group (35 percent), according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Alcohol use in Wyoming

  • 43 percent of motorcyclists who died in traffic crash in Wyoming in 2015 had a BAC of .08 or higher.

Alcohol use an time of day

  • Motorcycle riders killed in traffic crashes at night were more than 3 times more likely to have a BAC of .08 or higher than those killed during the day, according to NHTSA.

Fatalities and type of roadway traveled

  • 20 percent of all motorcycle deaths in 2015 occurred on non-interstate major roads in rural areas, according to NHTSA, the second highest amount to non-interstate major roads in urban areas areas, at 27 percent.