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Written by attorney David Allan Bressman | Apr 26, 2013

Ohio Motorcycle Accident Statistics: 2011 Edition

Motorcycle accident statistics (2011) can show trends in the number of fatalities and injuries throughout the years. Stats can also distinguish between age groups and which ones are more likely to be killed or injured in a crash.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics (2011) According to Age Group

Statistics from the Ohio Department of Public Safety shows age groups in descending order of those killed in a motorcycle accident in 2011:

  • 46 to 50 years – 21;
  • 31 to 35 years – 20;
  • 36 to 40 years – 19;
  • 56 to 60 years – 18;
  • 51 to 55 years – 17;
  • 41 to 45 years – 16;
  • 26 to 30 years – 15;
  • 21 to 25 years – 12;
  • 61 to 65 years – 10;
  • 76 years and over – 6;
  • 16 to 20 years – 5;
  • 66 to 70 years – 5;
  • 71 to 75 years – 1; and
  • 0 to 15 years – 1.

The following shows age groups in descending order of those injured in a motorcycle crash in 2011:

  • 46 to 50 years – 430;
  • 41 to 45 years – 407;
  • 51 to 55 years – 403;
  • 21 to 25 years – 355;
  • 36 to 40 years – 328;
  • 26 to 30 years – 308;
  • 31 to 35 years – 267;
  • 56 to 60 years – 259;
  • 61 to 65 years – 207;
  • 16 to 20 years – 154;
  • 66 to 70 years – 94;
  • 0 to 15 years – 33;
  • 71 to 75 years – 23; and
  • 76 years and over – 16.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics (2011) According to Helmet Use Wearing a helmet has been found to reduce the risk and severity of head injuries from motorcycle accidents in Ohio. It isn’t a guarantee in fully protecting the head and brain, but it is almost always advantageous to the rider.

In the state of Ohio, helmets are required for riders under the age of 18. Additionally, if the rider is over the age of 18 but is a beginner, a helmet must be worn. Passengers who are over the age of 18 only have to wear a helmet if the motorcyclist is required to. If there is a question about whether the passenger in a motorcycle accident should have been wearing a helmet, consult with an Ohio motorcycle accident attorney, Gahana, to explore options.

Motorcycle accident statistics show that in 2011, there were 47 motorcyclists killed while wearing a helmet. There were also 1,302 injured and 384 who were not injured in a crash while wearing a helmet.

There were 111 motorcyclists killed not wearing a helmet. There were also 1,787 injured and 388 uninjured.

Overall Motorcycle Crash Statistics

There was total of 166 people killed in a motorcycle crash in the state of Ohio in 2011. This is down by only two when compared to 2010 (168 killed) and up by five when compared to 2009 (161 killed).

There were 3,291 people injured in 2011. This is down significantly from 3,720 injured in 2010 and 3,638 injured in 2009.

When it comes to reducing the severity of an injury or avoiding injury altogether, there are some factors that should be taken into consideration when purchasing a motorcycle helmet. Not only is it important that the helmet properly fits, but it should also be DOT-approved and include eye/face protection.

Motorcyclists should also be aware that according to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, the majority of accidents occur during short trips (when the rider has gone less than five miles). And most crashes happen when the bike is traveling at less than 30 mph. At David Bressman Law, an Ohio motorcycle accident attorney, Gahana, is familiar with motorcycle accidents in Ohio and will use the motorcycle accident statistics (2011) when filing a claim.

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