California Motorcycle Accident Statistics 2004 – 2008

I found more California motorcycle accident data from 2004 through 2008.  Statistics rarely tell the whole story, but there’s plenty of interesting data to delve into.

  • Rider deaths from 2004-2008 were spread out evenly (and surprisingly) between the ages of 15 and 54.  Keep in mind they were broken down into 10 year segments; as an example there’s no way to know if the bulk of the age 45-54 deaths occurred closer to 45 or 54.  It’s not until you get up to the 55-64 age group where you start to see the numbers dip down.
  • In 2008 fatal collisions where the rider was at fault, unsafe speed was by far the single biggest factor at 150 deaths (almost 40% of all said collisions).  Next big factor?  Alcohol, at 96 deaths (25%).
  • In 2008 injury collisions where the rider was at fault, unsafe speed was again the single biggest factor at 3143 injuries (47%).  Next big factor?  Improper turning (whatever that means because I couldn’t find a definition), at 1386 injuries (nearly 21%).

Here are the links for you data freaks out there.

http://www.chp.ca.gov/switrs/pdf/2008-sec7.pdf

http://www.chp.ca.gov/switrs/





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