Motorcycle-related Injury Data


New York State Motorcyclist Fatalities by Year
Fatalities 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
148 162 192 171 182
  • 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.