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Texas is the Deadliest State for Motorcyclists

Are Texan roads becoming too dangerous for Motorcyclists?

A new ValuePenguin by LendingTree study, released in conjunction with Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month 2022, found that Texas has the highest rate of fatal motorcycle accidents per registered motorcycle. Here are our key findings:

  • Texas emerged as the deadliest state to ride a motorcycle – with 6.2 deadly motorcycle crashes per 1,000 registered motorcycles from the years 2016 to 2020 (the latest year of data available).
  • Neighboring Louisiana had the 2nd highest fatality rate for motorcyclists. Arkansas ranked 4th, New Mexico 10th and Oklahoma 18th for motorcyclist fatalities.
  • Nationally – Motorcyclist Deaths Are Rising Two Times Faster Than All Other Traffic Fatalities. Fatal motorcycle crashes nationwide jumped by 11% between 2019 and 2020.
  • Speeding led to 33% of all motorcycle accidents between 2016 and 2020. 24% of motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes in the same time period received speeding tickets.
  • July is the deadliest month for Motorcyclists13% of all fatal motorcycle crashes happened in July, and 49% of fatalities occurred between June and September
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists were about 28 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash in 2020.

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