Helmets and antilock brakes make riding less dangerous.
July 30, 2015
NHTSA targets fake motorcycle helmets
U.S. regulators aim to make it harder for retailers to sell novelty motorcycle helmets and easier for riders and police officers to distinguish between safe and unsafe ones.
November 20, 2014
More evidence that motorcycle ABS works
Antilock brakes can benefit high-risk and low-risk riders, a new HLDI study that categorizes motorcyclists based on auto claims rates shows.
December 19, 2013
Study looks at at on-road ATV crashes
All-terrain vehicles are made for off-road use, but large numbers of people take them on public roads, where they are generally prohibited.
June 6, 2013
IIHS petitions for ABS on all motorcycles
With more data confirming the safety value of antilock brakes on motorcycles, IIHS and HLDI have formally petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to require the technology on all models.
May 30, 2013
Injury claims balloon after Michigan weakens helmet law
The average insurance payment on a motorcycle injury claim rose substantially in Michigan after the state changed its helmet law to exempt most riders last year. This finding by HLDI is consistent with previous studies that show that rescinding helmet requirements results in more fatalities and hospital admissions.
Older motorcyclists have higher injury risk
When older motorcyclists crash, they are nearly 3 times as likely as younger riders to be seriously injured, a new study published in Injury Prevention indicates.
June 20, 2012
Newly insured riders benefit from ABS
Antilock brakes cut crashes for motorcyclists of all abilities, but new riders seem to benefit the most, an analysis of insurance claims shows.
May 31, 2012
Michigan repeals helmet mandate
In a step backward for motorcycle safety, Michigan abandons its longstanding helmet requirement.
November 10, 2011
IIHS releases new brochure on motorcycle ABS
Riding a motorcycle is safer when the bike is equipped with antilock brakes. "Motorcycle ABS: Why you want to ride with it" explains how antilocks work and why they’re important.
July 19, 2011
New labels for motorcycle helmets
New labeling requirements for motorcycle helmets should make it harder to sell flimsy novelty headgear.
September 28, 2010
Federal motorcycle ABS study is flawed
A federal study that failed to find a benefit of antilock braking systems on motorcycles relied on flawed methods. The government should set aside the findings.
May 6, 2010
IIHS calls on government to require ABS for motorcycles
Recent IIHS research strongly demonstrates the benefits of antilock brakes for motorcycles. Based on findings that antilocks significantly reduce motorcycle crashes, including fatal ones by more than a third, the Institute is seeking a federal requirement that manufacturers equip all new motorcycles with this technology.
March 31, 2010
Motorcyclist deaths increase
More people are riding motorcycles, and more are dying in crashes. An IIHS survey provides a picture of who is driving and looks at their views on helmets, helmet laws and antilock brakes.
Universal helmet laws cut injury risk
Motorcyclists in states that require helmets are less likely to file injury claims after collisions than those in states without such laws, a HLDI study finds.
Motorcycle antilocks cut crashes
Two studies provide more evidence that antilock brakes reduce fatal crash risk and insurance losses.
Motorcycles with ABS have fewer fatal crashes
Antilock brakes for motorcycles are working as designed to reduce the chances of crashing, removing some of the risk that comes with riding on two wheels. A new study indicates that motorcycles with antilocks are 37 percent less likely to be in fatal crashes than motorcycles without them. A separate study shows they also have fewer insurance claims.
November 25, 2008
Motorcyclist death count keeps rising
More motorcyclists died in crashes in 2007 than any other year, while passenger vehicle occupant deaths fell to their lowest recorded level.
October 22, 2008
Motorcycle antilocks reduce crashes
Antilock brakes on motorcycles reduce both insurance claims and fatal crashes, two new studies show.
September 11, 2007
Supersport motorcycles have highest death rate
Supersports have the highest death rate and worst overall insurance losses among all types of motorcycles, new analyses by IIHS and HLDI reveal. Motorcyclists who ride supersports have driver death rates per 10,000 registered motorcycles nearly 4 times higher than rates for motorcyclists who ride all other types of bikes.
Supersports are most likely to be stolen
Supersport motorcycles top the list of bikes with the highest theft and comprehensive losses.
Helmets could prevent many deaths
As motorcyclist ridership increases, helmet use is on the decline, leading to more deaths.
Novelty helmets don't hold up in tests
Federal researchers tested seven popular novelty helmets and found they don't offer the same protection as helmets that comply with regulations.
November 21, 2006
Road death toll rises
More people died in motor vehicle crashes on U.S. roads in 2005 than in any year since 1990. Much of the increase can be pinned on motorcycles.
September 28, 2005
More deaths follow weakened helmet law
The motorcyclist death rate in Florida has increased about 25 percent since the state changed its helmet law to allow riders 21 and older to ride bare-headed.
November 18, 2004
Many deaths in vehicle-animal collisions are avoidable
Most of the motor vehicle crash deaths in collisions with animals occur in subsequent events when a vehicle runs off the road or a motorcyclist falls off the bike. Many of these deaths wouldn't occur with appropriate protection, such as safety belts and motorcycle helmets.
August 1, 2004
In other highway safety news…
State legislators have been busy working on laws about safety belts, motorcycle helmets and alcohol-impaired driving.
February 7, 2004
Deaths of older motorcyclists rise in Germany; North Carolina court rules red light cameras are constitutional; drivers using phones are less likely to buckle up.
September 25, 2003
Highway safety legislation in the states
Two states get stronger belt laws, but Pennsylvania lawmakers weaken their state's motorcycle helmet use law.
August 17, 2002
S.D. biker deaths peak around rally
Most deaths of motorcyclists in South Dakota happen around the time of the annual rally in the tiny town of Sturgis.
July 30, 2002
Older motorcyclists make up bigger chunk of fatalities
Pedestrian and other kinds of deaths in motor vehicle crashes are generally declining, but deaths of motorcyclists have been increasing since 1997. In recent years, the age mix of fatally injured motorcyclists has changed. More of the riders who get killed are in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, and fewer are in their teens and 20s. As a result, the proportion of all fatally injured riders 40 and older was 40 percent in 2000, up from 14 percent in 1990.
March 16, 2002
Few states improve highway safety laws
Little progress was made in the states in 2001 when it comes to passing new highway safety laws and strengthening the ones on the books.
January 12, 2002
Motorcyclist deaths are rising
The biggest increase is among riders 40 and older, reflecting the changing demographics of motorcyclists.
Today’s riders are married professionals
In 1980 the typical motorcyclist was 24 years old and earned $17,500. Today, the average bike owner is 38 and married and has a white-collar job.
Helmet laws draw opposition
Universal helmet laws are effective but face widespread opposition in the United States.
Deaths go up with helmet law repeals
Research shows that when helmet laws are weakened, fewer riders wear helmets, and fatalities and medical costs go up.
Brain injury means life of suffering
For one young man, the decision to ride without a helmet ended a successful life and made him incapable of caring for himself.
January 10, 2002
Deaths of older motorcyclists soar
Deaths among motorcyclists age 40 and older, which steadily increased during most of the 1990s, jumped dramatically from 1997 to 2000, the latest year for which statistics are available. The increase during the last three years exceeds 65 percent, and the overall increase in deaths among older motorcyclists since 1990 exceeds 150 percent.
December 20, 2000
Best and worst state traffic safety laws
For the first time, IIHS has conducted a comprehensive assessment of key traffic safety laws in every state and the District of Columbia. Researchers rated laws on alcohol-impaired driving, young driver licensing, safety belts, child restraints, motorcycle helmets and laws allowing red light cameras.
April 4, 1998
Motorcycle helmet laws in danger of repeal in many states
Helmet saves rider's life
Helmets prevent rider deaths and serious brain injuries
February 3, 1996
Incentives to enact helmet laws also killed by Congress
January 14, 1995
Fewer motorcycle deaths under California helmet use law
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