Unhelmeted Motorcyclists Are Risking Their Lives in Indiana

Written from a press release

INDIANAPOLIS — June 12, 2024

Research data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 2018 to 2022 reveals that Indiana ranks as the second riskiest state in the U.S. for motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes while not wearing helmets.

From 2018 to 2022, 70.8% of motorcyclists involved in deadly incidents in Indiana were not wearing helmets. The state recorded a total of 668 fatal motorcyclist accidents, with 473 of these involving unhelmeted drivers. This ranks Indiana just behind Iowa, which has the highest rate at 72.4%, according to a study by Florida personal injury lawyers at Anidjar & Levine.

The study examined motor vehicle crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to determine the number of unhelmeted motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes. Iowa had the highest number, with 197 out of 272 motorcyclists involved in fatal incidents not wearing helmets.

Ohio follows Indiana, ranking third with 70.1% of motorcyclists in fatal crashes not wearing helmets. The state recorded 979 fatal motorcyclist accidents, with 686 of these involving unhelmeted drivers.

Other states in the top five include South Dakota at 69.9% and Maine at 69.5%. In contrast, Washington had the lowest rate of unhelmeted motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes at 3.3%, with only 17 out of 510 motorcyclists in fatal incidents not wearing helmets.

A spokesperson for Anidjar & Levine emphasized the importance of wearing helmets, stating, “This data is a valuable insight into road safety and the dangerous consequences of not taking safety precautions. Although only half of the U.S. states require helmets for motorcyclists, this data highlights the importance of wearing one on the road.”

The study aims to raise awareness of motorcyclist safety, emphasizing helmet use as a critical measure. It also stresses the importance of other safety precautions for all drivers, such as avoiding distractions, wearing seatbelts, and monitoring speed.

The data analyzed by Anidjar & Levine underscores the significant risk unhelmeted motorcyclists face on the road, highlighting the life-saving potential of helmet use.

Sources: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Methodology: Analysis of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 2018 to 2022.

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