Riding a motorcycle down the open road can be invigorating. However, there are risks that come with riding a motorcycle and sharing the road with other vehicles. Dangerous road conditions and negligent drivers are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in New Hampshire. In February 2018, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the 2016 data on “Traffic Safety Facts” for Motorcycles. Some of the key findings about motorcycles on the road in 2016 are as follows:
- There were 5,286 motorcyclist fatalities in 2016, a 5.1% increase from 2015;
- Fatalities for motorcycle riders was nearly 28 times higher than passenger vehicle fatalities based on miles traveled;
- 57% of motorcycle fatalities occurred in urban areas; and
- 97% of motorcycle fatalities occurred under cloudy or clear conditions.