Motorcycles are not a rare sight on Pennsylvania roads. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the number of registered motorcycles in the state has not dipped below 377,000 in more than a decade. With winter well behind us, now is the time for these enthusiasts to get their bikes out on the road.
Doing so, however, comes with risks. Here are four figures to help tell the story of motorcycles in Pennsylvania.
825,898 licensed motorcyclists
The DMV also provides statistics for the number of licensed motorcyclists in the state. In 2019, that figure hit 825,898 – about 8.1% of Pennsylvania’s adult population. And that large number is actually the lowest such figure of the past decade.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s most recent crash facts report, there were 2,714 motorcycles involved in crashes in 2018. That accounted for 2.1% of all motor vehicles involved in crashes that year.
2,394 crashes with injury
The Department of Transportation also tracks the number of crashes that result in at least one person suffering injuries. In 2018, a total of 2,394 crashes involving motorcycles resulted in an injury. That figure represents 4.2% of all motor vehicle injury crashes that year.
In all, 2,611 motorcyclists that year suffered injuries as a result of a wreck.
The state saw 1,190 deaths due to traffic crashes in 2018. Of those fatalities, 164 were motorcyclists. By percentages, this means motorcycle operators and passengers accounted for 13.8% of all traffic deaths that year, despite motorcycles making up just 2.1% of all motor vehicles involved in crashes.
None of this is to suggest you should not enjoy riding your motorcycle. When you go out, simply be aware of the risks. Drivers in cars and trucks often do not pay full attention to their surroundings – and unfortunately, motorcyclists can pay the price.