• May 8, 2018

    Weak helmet law leads to worse injuries

    The average claim payment for injuries to motorcyclists has risen 40 percent since Michigan weakened its helmet law six years ago.

    Volume 53, Number 3
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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.

    Volume 47, Number 4
  • 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.

    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
  • 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.

    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

    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.

    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 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.

  • 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
  • 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.

    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
  • 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.

    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
  • 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

    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