There’s an old saying that goes like this.  “Statistics don’t lie, but statisticians do.”  And in the case of statistics published by companies working in insurance, you’ll have to take their stats with a grain of salt.  But sometimes, there can be tidbits of truth in their makeup.

Recently, a company called QuoteWizard published a list of the most dangerous states for motorcycle riders in declining order.  The company says that it examined the 2017 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) state fatality figures and compared that data to the data found in the 2017 Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) motorcycle registration data to determine which states had the highest rate of fatalities per registered motorcycle.

We note that there are significant limitations to these figures.  For example, they do not consider that the warm weather states will have more riding days and hence a higher chance of a rider being involved in a fatal accident.  They also don’t consider the number of miles a rider rides per year.  So you’ll have to use your own filters to decide how much more riding occurs in warm weather states than in cold-weather ones.

Ultimately, the ratings will only give you an idea of fatalities in each state and the percentage of those riders killed.  But one thing does come through clearly.  In 2017, 4,989 riders lost their lives on US roadways.  That’s a sobering number of riders.

Ride safe!

QuoteWizard state fatality rankings

Rank State Registered Motorcycles Fatalities
Fatalities per 10,000 Registered Motorcycles
1 Mississippi 28,262 45 15.92
2 Texas 349,082 435 12.46
3 South Carolina 116,972 140 11.97
4 Hawaii 30,998 34 10.97
5 North Carolina 188,869 199 10.54
6 Florida 587,499 594 10.11
7 Tennessee 181,126 171 9.44
8 Arizona 170,274 157 9.22
9 Kentucky 101,165 93 9.19
10 New Mexico 60,348 48 7.95
11 Nevada 74,740 59 7.89
12 Georgia 203,968 158 7.75
13 Louisiana 113,664 87 7.65
14 Alabama 110,012 84 7.64
15 Missouri 153,905 116 7.54
16 Arkansas 91,127 66 7.24
17 Oklahoma 129,451 93 7.18
18 Rhode Island 28,267 20 7.08
19 Kansas 94,850 64 6.75
20 Delaware 28,267 18 6.37
21 West Virginia 60,683 38 6.26
22 California 822,844 509 6.19
23 Idaho 66,533 38 5.71
24 Connecticut 87,660 50 5.70
25 Utah 84,413 48 5.69
26 Colorado 190,869 108 5.66
27 Oregon 133,760 75 5.61
28 Virginia 195,845 103 5.26
29 Maryland 118,277 62 5.24
30 Wyoming 28,968 15 5.18
31 Indiana 250,904 117 4.66
32 Maine 51,306 23 4.48
33 Alaska 31,550 14 4.44
34 Pennsylvania 372,679 165 4.43
35 Nebraska 55,736 22 3.95
36 New York 389,404 150 3.85
37 Massachusetts 168,931 63 3.73
38 Ohio 409,893 151 3.68
39 Illinois 319,764 116 3.63
40 New Jersey 150,527 54 3.59
41 Washington 235,501 84 3.57
42 New Hampshire 78,962 28 3.55
43 Minnesota 241,556 61 2.53
44 Wisconsin 336,410 83 2.47
45 Iowa 194,606 45 2.31
46 Vermont 30,532 6 1.97
47 North Dakota 120,494 17 1.41
48 South Dakota 120,494 17 1.41
49 Michigan 258,487 25 0.97
50 Montana 293,567 21 0.72

Note:  QuoteWizard

 

 

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