Demographics

Following are several factors that uniquely contribute to motorcycle crashes in Florida. The graphs below shows the total number of motorcycle operators injured by age and gender.

Age

Overall, motorcycle operators between the ages of 22 and 29 were the most likely to die or to be seriously injured in a crash every year from 2011 to 2018.  This group accounted for 29% of all operator fatalities, and 26% of serious injuries.  Although there was more variance from year to year, operators between the ages of 50 and 59 were the second most likely to die or be seriously injured during this time period.  For each individual year between 2011 and 2018, motorcycle operators over the age of 70 were the least likely to die or to be seriously injured in a crash, followed by individuals under the age of 21.

Residence

From 2016 to 2018, motorcycle crashes that occurred in August had the highest proportion of motorcycle operators with a valid Florida driver license (97.1%); March had the lowest such percentage (85.6%).  Fatal crashes that occurred in August also had the highest percentage of drivers with a valid Florida license (97.3%); the lowest percentage was found in both October and February (91.5%).

Registrations and Endorsements

  • As of January 2015, there were 593,321 registered motorcycles in Florida.
  • As of January 2015, registered motorcycles accounted for 3% of Florida’s motoring public.
  • As of July 2013, there were 1,111,813 endorsed motorcyclists in Florida.

Helmet Use

  • In 2013, helmet use in Florida was observed at 51%.
  • Since the repeal of Florida’s helmet law in 2000, the number of fatal crashes for every 10,000 registered motorcycles increased by 21%, suggesting that motorcyclists without helmets are more likely to suffer serious and fatal injuries.
Year DOT-Compliant Non-Compliant No Helmet # of Observations
2010 52.40% 1.30% 46.30% 5,196
2011 49.20% 3.40% 47.40% 7,547
2012 47.00% 3.10% 49.90% 10,363
2013 50.70% 2.90% 46.40% 9,464
Avg. 49.83% 2.68% 47.49% 8,143