NHTSA: Motorcycle injury, fatality rates drop in 2013 | Dealernews
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Motorcycle fatalities dropped 6.4 percent in 2013, according to a report issued in mid-December by NHTSA.
“This was the first decrease in motorcyclist fatalities since 2009 [and] the only other decrease since 1997,” NHTSA reported. According to NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, there were 4,668 motorcycle fatalities in 2013 vs. 4,986 in 2012 and 4,630 fatalities in 2011. The group of states without universal helmet laws reported 11 times as many unhelmeted motorcyclist fatalities than states with such laws: 1,704 vs. 150, respectively, the agency noted.