New motorcycle crash stats published for Safety Awareness Month

The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute says new motorcycle crash statistics reinforce helmet use, licensing and safe driving.

According to 2018 statistics, motorcycles are involved in less than 2 percent of crashes but make up nearly 13 percent of all Indiana traffic deaths.

Motorcycle crashes – and resulting injuries and deaths – have all declined over the past five years.

Motorcycle deaths have fluctuated from a low of 100 in 2016, a high of 147 in 2017 to 112 in 2018.

In 2018, 55 percent of motorcycle crashes involved another vehicle while 45 percent were single-motorcycle crashes.

Motorcycle operators age 21-44 were more likely to be involved in multiple-vehicle crashes while younger and older bikers were more likely to be involved in single-motorcycle crashes.

Among multiple-vehicle crashes, the biker was at fault 40 percent of the time while the other driver was at fault for 58 percent.

The top unsafe actions motorcycle operators can avoid are following too closely, unsafe speed, improper passing and disregarding a signal or sign.

Top unsafe actions other vehicles can avoid are failure to yield right of way, unsafe backing and improper turning.