A recent study from Auto Justice Attorney named Texas as the second-most dangerous state for motorcyclists in the U.S.
For its report, titled “The States With the Most Dangerous Roads for Motorcyclists,” the personal injury law firm gathered chopper crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation. Using the acquired information, Auto Justice Attorney determined the amount of motorcycle accidents that occurred in each state on a yearly basis, and then compared that with the number of registered motorcycles in the country to put together its rankings.
According to the study, Texas reported over 157 fatal crashes for every 100,000 registered motorcycles, which was the second-highest total in the country.
In addition, the study also revealed that Texas motorcyclists experienced the highest rates of collisions with fixed objects, recording just under 39 incidents per 100,000 motorcycles. Fixed objects can include static structures like road signs and mailboxes, as well as more natural obstructions such as trees or low-hanging branches.
Sitting just ahead of the Lone Star State as the most treacherous area for hog owners is South Carolina, which had more than 158 deadly collisions per 100,000 motorcycles.
Joining the two states as the most unsafe areas for two-wheeler riders were North Carolina (over 124 fatal crashes per 100,000 motorbikes), Missouri (more than 119 per 100,000) and Mississippi (over 116 per 100,000).
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the five states that are home to the safest roads for motorcyclists were Montana (just under seven deadly collisions per 100,000 motorcycles), South Dakota (over 10 per 100,000), North Dakota (more than 21 per 100,000), Arkansas (over 23 per 100,000) and New York (more than 23 per 100,000).
“Motorcycle safety isn't just a concern for riders, it's a shared responsibility for everyone on the road,” said Auto Justice Attorney Michael T. Gibson. “This data underscores definitive areas and situations where the risk is considerably elevated. It's crucial that we, as a society, address these areas of concern not just with heightened awareness but also with tangible actions.”