2012 Statistics Concerning Illinois Motorcycle Accident Fatalities

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has published a document in its startseeingmotorcycles.org site titled “2012 Motorcycle Fatalities – Quick Facts.” (pdf)

This document provides various details as to the 148 Illinois motorcyclist deaths in 2012, an increase of nearly 2% from the 145 motorcyclist deaths of 2011.

Below are a few of the notable excerpts:

  • The 148 motorcyclists killed account for over 15% of all motor vehicle fatalities that occurred in 2012. In comparison, motorcycle registrations comprise 3-4% of all motor vehicle registrations.
  • Of the 148 motorcyclists killed in 2012, 21 wore a DOT-compliant helmet, and eight wore
    a helmet that was not DOT-compliant. 115 (78%) of the 148 motorcyclists killed in 2012
    were not wearing a helmet.
  • Generally, the hours of 6:00 p.m. on Friday through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday are deadlier
    for motorcyclists than other periods of the week. In 2012, 70 (47%) of the 148 fatal
    crashes involving motorcycles occurred during the weekend between 6:00 p.m. on
    Friday and 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.
  • 110 (74%) of the 148 fatal crashes involving motorcycles occurred during May –
    September. March had an abnormally high number of fatalities with 13 (9%).
  • 59 (42%) of the 141 motorcycle operators killed in 2012 had been drinking (positive
    BAC). Their BAC results ranged from 0.01 to 0.30, with the average BAC being 0.14. Of
    the 59 operators killed who had been drinking, 47 (80%) had a BAC greater than or
    equal to 0.08.
  • Weather and roadway surface condition are generally not factors in crashes that result in
    motorcycle fatalities. In 2012, approximately 96% of such crashes occurred in clear
    weather, and on dry pavement.

The document also displays in what counties motorcycle accidents most frequently occurred, as well as lists the primary reasons attributed to causing motorcycle accidents.


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