Crashes Over Time

There was a sharp increase in Florida motorcycle fatalities between 2001 and 2007, with the number of annual crash-related deaths more than doubling over that time period.  A 30% reduction was observed by 2010, before fatality numbers increased and then plateaued at an average of 455 per year from 2011-2014.  A 15-year high of 584 motorcycle fatalities, which represented nearly 20% of all traffic crash deaths, was reached in 2015.  Since that time, fatality numbers have declined slowly, with an average of 543 from 2016-2018.

While it is important to note that this figure has declined steadily since 2012, motorcycle crashes have accounted for between 2.1 and 4% of all traffic crashes in the state of Florida every year since 2001.  However, the proportion of motorcycle fatalities to traffic crash deaths has been less stable, increasing from 8.2% in 2001 to 17.8% in 2008.  After a moderate decline from 2008 to 2010, this percentage increased in subsequent years, reaching a peak of 19.9% in 2015.  Another decline was observed immediately afterwards, with motorcycle fatalities representing an average of 17.3% of all traffic crash deaths in Florida between 2016 and 2018.

From 2016 to 2018, on average, motorcyclist fatalities occurred with the highest frequency in March, with November and December falling close behind.  January and September had the lowest number of motorcyclist deaths.  March was also the month with the highest average number of serious injuries for motorcyclists involved in crashes, followed by April and October.  Serious injuries occurred with the lowest frequency in August.

On average, from 2016 to 2018, both motorcyclist fatalities and serious injuries occurred with the highest frequency on Saturdays and Sundays.  These two days accounted for 39% of all such fatalities, and 38% of serious injuries.  In contrast, the lowest number of motorcyclist fatalities occurred on Tuesday, followed closely by Monday and Wednesday.  These three days also had the lowest frequency of serious injuries, with Monday having the lowest number overall.

Calendar below shows number of motorcycle fatalities per day in Florida in 2012-2015 .