Why Target Motorcycles? The size of the “problem” of motorcycles (1994 figures)

Why Target Motorcycles?

Motorcycles represent just 2% of total U.S. vehicles.

Total Vehicle Population: 196.9 Million
Passenger cars 74% 145.7 Million
Trucks and busses 24% 47.3 Million
Motorcycles 2% 4.0 Million

Motorcycle represent less than 1% of total vehicle accidents.

Total Accident Involvement: 21.1 Million

Passenger cars 67% 14.1 Million
Trucks and busses 28% 6.0 Million
Other 4% 940,000
Motorcycles 0.9% 187,000

Motorcycles account for under 6% of total vehicle fatalities.

Total Vehicle Fatalities: 42,000

Passenger cars 53% 22,300
Trucks and busses 21% 8,930
Pedestrians 15% 6,200
Motorcycles 5.9% 2,500
Other 4.8% 2,000

Motorcycles account for 0.1% of total annual fatalities in the U.S.

Total U.S. Fatalities: 2,169,518

Heart Disease 33% 720,862
Cancer 24% 514,657
Stroke 7% 143,481
Motor vehicle 2% 42,000
Motorcycles 0.1% 2,500

Source: National Safety Council, “Accident Facts, 1994 Edition”
Courtesy of National Coalition of Motorcyclists

Automobile drivers are at fault in over 2/3 of all motorcycle vs. car accidents.

92% of the motorcyclists involved in accidents had no formal training, and 45.5% had no motorcycle license.

Motorcycle accidents represent only 0.1% of total U.S. health care costs.

Motorcyclists have been a political target for such discriminatory legislation as mandatory helmet laws, catastrophic health insurance and an assortment of other “safety” measures. Is the special attention aimed at motorcycles justified in view of the fact that motorcyclists represent only 2% of total vehicular traffic, less than 1% of total vehicles involved in accidents and just 0.1% of annual health care costs?

Despite their relatively small numbers, an estimated 8% of America’s 4.5 million registered motorcycle owners have joined forces in politically active organizations to protect the right to ride. These organizations advocate motorcycle awareness campaigns and rider training courses, both of which are proven to reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities, as reasonable alternatives to legislation that unnecessarily targets motorcycles.