Motorcycle crash deaths are costly, but preventable. The single most effective way for states to save lives and save money is a universal helmet law.
- Helmets saved an estimated 1,859 lives in 2016.1
- If all motorcyclists would have worn helmets in 2016, 802 more could have been saved. 1
- Each year, the United States could save more than $1billion in economic costs if all motorcyclists wore helmets.2
- Helmets reduce the risk of death by 37%.2
- Helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 69%.3,4
Note: This document does not contain current data and is included for historical purposes only.
Motorcycle Fatality Facts from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
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- NHTSA: Estimating Lives and Costs Saved by Motorcycle Helmets with Updated Economic Cost Informationpdf iconexternal icon
- NHTSA: Motorcycle Safetyexternal icon
- IIHS: Motorcycle Helmet Lawsexternal icon
- Impaired Riding Prevention campaignexternal icon
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Motorcycles (Traffic Safety Facts Research Note. Report No. DOT HS 812 492). U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC; 2017. Available at https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812492external icon. Accessed 12 April 2018.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Estimating lives and costs saved by motorcycle helmets with updated economic cost information (Traffic Safety Facts Research Note. Report No. DOT HS 812 206). U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC; 2015. Available at https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812388external icon. Accessed 12 April 2018.
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- Liu BC, Ivers R, Norton R, et. al. Helmets for preventing injury in motorcycle riders. Cochrane Database Systematic Reviews. 2008;(1):CD004333. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD004333.pub3