The NHTSA is the best source anytime you’d like to get your hands on vehicle accident data, including information on motorcycles. Looking at their latest data on motorcycle fatalities brings out some interesting information about motorcycle safety.
Some of the more intriguing 2007 statistics that I found were:
- Of all fatally injured riders, 28% had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 g/dL or higher
- 50% of fatalities were single-vehicle crashes (no other vehicles involved)
- 41% of motorcycle riders who died in single-vehicle crashes had BAC levels of .08 g/dL or higher.
- 26% of riders in fatal crashes did not have a valid license
You can read the rest of the data here, and other documents here. It looks like it’s a bad idea to drink and ride, lend your bike to someone without a license, or let your friend buy one without getting licensed (and trained) first.