Motorcycle rider fatalities as well as registrations have been on the rise since 1997. It is estimated that injury or death are the outcome in nearly 80 percent of all motorcycle accidents in the United States.
A report card issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for 2004 says that 4008 motorcyclists died in 2004 and 76,000 were injured. About half of all motorcycles involved in a fatal crash collided with another vehicle.
A little over one-third of cyclists that died were speeding, approximately twice the rate for drivers of passenger vehicles or light trucks. Almost half of the fatal accidents show alcohol involvement.
One out of four motorcycle operators that were involved in fatal crashes had an invalid license. Helmets saved approximately 1158 lives in 2003; another 640 lives could have saved if helmets were worn.
Head injury seems to be predominant in almost all motorcycle accidents and is actually the primary cause of death. This is not to say however, that all head injuries incurred by motorcyclists will be fatal. As mentioned previously, the number of those who pass away as a consequence of a motorcycle accident are minute, but tragic nonetheless, when compared to the number who sustain varying degrees of injuries.