• October 19, 2017

    Car tech could protect motorcyclists

    Crash avoidance features on passenger vehicles could prevent or mitigate more than 8,000 crashes with motorcycles if the systems were designed to detect them.

    Volume 52, Number 7
  • September 1, 2016

    Head injuries up after helmet law change

    Trauma centers in Michigan are seeing more head injuries after the state rolled back its helmet law, new research shows.

    Volume 51, Number 7
  • May 24, 2016

    India mandates motorcycle ABS

    A growing number of countries are requiring antilock braking systems on motorcycles. The U.S. is absent from the list, despite clear evidence that it cuts crashes.

    Volume 51, Number 5
  • 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.

    Volume 50, Number 6
  • 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.

    Volume 49, Number 10
  • 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.

    Volume 48, Number 9
  • May 30, 2013

    Weaker helmet law means bigger injury claims

    The average insurance payment on a motorcycle injury claim rose substantially in Michigan after the state weakened its helmet use law to exempt most riders last year.

    Volume 48, Number 4
  • May 30, 2013

    IIHS petitions for ABS on all motorcycles

    As antilock brakes become available on more and more bikes, the technology continues to prove its worth in preventing motorcycle crashes and fatalities.

    Volume 48, Number 4
  • May 30, 2013

    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.

    Volume 48, Number 4
  • May 31, 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.

    Volume 47, Number 4
  • May 31, 2012

    Michigan repeals helmet mandate

    In a step backward for motorcycle safety, Michigan abandons its longstanding helmet requirement.

    Volume 47, Number 4
  • July 19, 2011

    New labels for motorcycle helmets

    New labeling requirements for motorcycle helmets should make it harder to sell flimsy novelty headgear.

    Volume 46, Number 6
  • 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.

    Volume 45, Number 10
  • 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.

    Volume 45, Number 3
  • March 31, 2010

    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.

    Volume 45, Number 3
  • March 31, 2010

    Motorcycle antilocks cut crashes

    Two studies provide more evidence that antilock brakes reduce fatal crash risk and insurance losses.

    Volume 45, Number 3
  • March 31, 2010

    Motorcycle training doesn't reduce risk

    State requirements that young motorcycle riders take a training course before being licensed don't reduce crashes, a new analysis of insurance claims shows.

    Volume 45, Number 3
  • 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.

    Volume 43, Number 10
  • October 22, 2008

    Motorcycle antilocks reduce crashes

    Antilock brakes on motorcycles reduce both insurance claims and fatal crashes, two new studies show.

    Volume 43, Number 9
  • September 11, 2007

    Supersport riders have high death rates

    Supersport bikes are becoming increasingly popular, but motorcyclists who ride them have death rates 4 times higher than those who ride other types of motorcycles.

    Volume 42, Number 9 | Special Issue: motorcycles
  • September 11, 2007

    Supersports are most likely to be stolen

    Supersport motorcycles top the list of bikes with the highest theft and comprehensive losses.

    Volume 42, Number 9 | Special Issue: motorcycles
  • September 11, 2007

    Helmets could prevent many deaths

    As motorcyclist ridership increases, helmet use is on the decline, leading to more deaths.

    Volume 42, Number 9 | Special Issue: motorcycles
  • September 11, 2007

    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.

    Volume 42, Number 9 | Special Issue: motorcycles
  • 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.

    Volume 41, Number 9
  • 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.

    Volume 40, Number 8
  • 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.

    Volume 39, Number 7
  • February 7, 2004

    In other highway safety news…

    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.

    Volume 39, Number 2
  • 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.

    Volume 38, Number 9
  • 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.

    Volume 37, Number 7
  • 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.

    Volume 37, Number 3
  • January 12, 2002

    Motorcyclist deaths are rising

    The biggest increase is among riders 40 and older, reflecting the changing demographics of motorcyclists.

    Volume 37, Number 1 | Special Issue: motorcycle deaths
  • January 12, 2002

    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.

    Volume 37, Number 1 | Special Issue: motorcycle deaths
  • January 12, 2002

    Helmet laws draw opposition

    Universal helmet laws are effective but face widespread opposition in the United States.

    Volume 37, Number 1 | Special Issue: motorcycle deaths
  • January 12, 2002

    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.

    Volume 37, Number 1 | Special Issue: motorcycle deaths
  • January 12, 2002

    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.

    Volume 37, Number 1 | Special Issue: motorcycle deaths
  • December 20, 2000

    Volume 35, Number 10 | Special Issue: state traffic safety laws
  • April 4, 1998

    Motorcycle helmet laws in danger of repeal in many states

    Volume 33, Number 3
  • April 4, 1998

    Helmet saves rider's life

    Volume 33, Number 3
  • April 4, 1998

    Helmets prevent rider deaths and serious brain injuries

    Volume 33, Number 3
  • February 3, 1996

    Incentives to enact helmet laws also killed by Congress

    Volume 31, Number 1
  • January 14, 1995

    Fewer motorcycle deaths under California helmet use law

    Volume 30, Number 1