Motorcyclists between 20-24 years of age have the highest death rate of all age groups.
On average, 166 people die each year from motorcycles crashes in New York State.
Since 2005, motorcycle crashes have cost almost $240 million in hospital and emergency department charges.
On average, 1,600 New Yorkers are treated at a hospital each year as a result of motorcycle crashes; that is an average of 16 people every day. These hospital visits result in approximately $80 million in charges every year.
On average, 4,000 New Yorker residents are treated and released from an emergency department each year as a result of motorcycle crashes; that is an average of 11 people every day. These emergency department visits result in over $8 million in charges every year.
Per mile driven, motorcyclists are approximately 37 times more likely to die in a traffic crash than occupants of a passenger car.1
In 2008, 16% of all fatal crashes in New York State were motorcycle crashes.2
Between 2004-2008, motorcyclist fatalities increased by 23%.
Between 2004-2008, the number of registered motorcycles increased by 28.2% and the number of motorcycle operator's licenses increased by 10.4%.
Unsafe speed was the greatest contributing factor in 2008 New York State motorcycle crashes, contributing to about 17% of motorcycle crashes.