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North Carolina Motorcycle Accident Statistics and Analysis

For those who ride, nothing compares. There’s just something about a motorcycle that makes every road special in some way. Unfortunately, riders have to share those roads with other vehicles and distracted and careless drivers. The resulting accidents, injuries, and deaths are a chilling reminder of the risks we take when we put on our helmets.

However, the motorcycle accident statistics we’re about to share should not discourage you from riding – they should encourage you to be more cautious. Forewarned is forearmed!

CRASH FACT: According to data from 2017, of all fatal collisions between motorcycles and other vehicles, 78% were head-on, often because of a car turning in front of the motorcycle.

National Trends vs North Carolina

As of 2016, there were 3,546,363 automobiles registered in the state of North Carolina, compared with 195,618 motorcycles. That means there were more than 18 cars for every motorcycle on the road. This is probably not news to motorcyclists, but you’re outnumbered on North Carolina roads. However, not as badly as you are in the nation as a whole.

Nationally, there were roughly 276 million automobiles registered in 2019, versus 8.6 million motorcycles (as of 2018). So, there are roughly 31 cars for every motorcycle!

Nationally in 2018, there were roughly 82,000 injuries in motorcycle accidents in more than 20 billion miles traveled. There were nearly 5,000 fatalities over that distance.

In North Carolina, in 2019, there were more than 122 billion miles travelled combined for all vehicles. In that distance, there were 1,470 fatalities. Of those, 183 were killed in motorcycle crashes. So, more than 12% of traffic fatalities involve motorcycles, even though motorcycles only make up about 5% of the vehicles on the road!

CRASH FACT: In North Carolina in 2019, a person was killed in a motorcycle accident about every 48 hours.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics in North Carolina

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) publishes its collected statistics each year. In that publication, we can find several eye-opening numbers, statistics, and trends:

  • Motorcyclist fatalities increased 8.9% in 2019.
  • Since 1980, overall deaths per 100 million miles driven has dropped from 3.68 to 1.20 – a reduction of more than two thirds.
  • There were 3,516 reported motorcycle crashes in 2019. Those crashes resulted in 2,728 injuries and 183 fatalities. That means that 77.5% of motorcycle crashes result in injury, and more than 5% result in death. By comparison, fewer than 30% of passenger car crashes result in injuries and only about 0.3% result in fatalities.
  • Of all motorcycle crashes, riders aged 20-29 have the highest number of crashes, injuries, and fatalities. Of the 183 fatalities in 2019, 109 were riders aged 20-49.
  • May had the highest number of motorcycle crashes (449) and injuries (409), but June was the deadliest month for motorcycle riders with 29 fatalities.
  • According to the numbers, there’s a motorcycle accident in North Carolina about every two and a half hours.
CRASH FACT: According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle deaths spike between the hours of 3pm and 9pm.

Notable Motorcycle Accident Statistics by North Carolina County

North Carolina is a growing state, and with ridership above the national average, it stands to reason more motorcyclists are enjoying the state’s roads. As you might imagine, the most populated counties had the highest numbers of crashes, injuries, and fatalities. Here are some specific numbers:

  • Wake County had more motorcycle crashes than any other county with 274. Mecklenburg County had 273, and Guilford had 150.
  • Mecklenburg County led in injuries (270) and fatalities (16). Wake County was second in injuries (257) and fatalities (13). Guilford was third.
  • Durham County only recorded one motorcycle crash fatality in 2019.
  • Camden County recorded only one motorcycle accident in 2019, with no injuries.
  • Tyrell County was the only county in the state that did not record a motorcycle crash in 2019.

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