Iowa Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Motorcycling is an activity that many people in Iowa and the rest of the United States participate in on a regular basis. While motorcycling is fun and effective form of transportation, it can also be dangerous for many.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 34,000 motorcyclists killed in accidents in the U.S. between the years of 2001 and 2008. In Iowa, the motorcycle accident statistics are also troubling.

If injured in a motorcycle accident, an attorney may be able to assist you in pursuing a personal injury claim. For a look into Iowa motorcycle accident statistics, refer to the following.

Motorcycle Crash Statistics for Fatal Accidents

According to Iowa Center for Health Statistics for motorcycle accidents, between the years of 2000 and 2006, there were 307 motorcycle accident deaths. The year with the least number of deaths was 2000 with 31 motorcycle deaths and the death toll rose to 61 in 2006.

Meanwhile, according to the Iowa Department of Health, the numbers of motorcycle accident fatalities in Iowa between 2007 and 20010 are as follows.

  • 2007 - 60 fatalities.
  • 2008 - 55 fatalities.
  • 2009 - 47 fatalities.
  • and, 2010 - 58 fatalities.

While the number of deaths slightly decreased in these years, the number of fatalities from motorcycle deaths was still relatively high.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics Death Rates by Gender and Age

Males were much more likely in between the years of 2000 and 2006 to die in motorcycle-related accidents in Iowa than were females. Per 100,000 people, the death rate for males in motorcycle accidents was 1.9 in 2000, compared to only 0.3 per 100,000 females. In 2006, this number jumped to 3.7 for males, and 0.5 for females.

In all years from 2004 to 2006, the age group most likely to experience a fatal motorcycle accident was the set 25 through 44. The lowest rate of motorcycle death was individuals 75 and older with 0.9 per 100,000.

The jump in death rate from 2004 to 2006 was as follows.

  • 68 percent for those aged 25 to 44.
  • 117 percent for those aged 45 to 64.
  • and, 198 percent for those aged 65 to 74. 

In 2007 through 2010, the highest number and rate of motorcycle fatalities was for males ages 45 to 64, according to Iowa Department of Health motorcycle accident statistics.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics about Injury Types

Thankfully, not all motorcycle accidents are fatal. However, a motorcycle accident that isn’t fatal can still have serious long-term and permanent consequences. Between the years of 2000 and 2010, the most common type of injury for motorcyclists involved in an accident was a traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to the Center for Health Statistics and Department of Public Health in Iowa.

Forty-eight percent of accidents in the years 2000 through 2006 resulted in a TBI and 43 percent resulted in TBI from 2007 to 2010. The high number of head injuries may be related to a lack of helmet use.

Between the years of 2007 and 2010, of those who were involved in a motorcycle crash and who wearing a helmet, 55.9 percent did not sustain a head injury. However, only 40.3 percent of those who were not wearing a helmet did not sustain a head injury.

Act Now if You’ve Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Des Moines caused by another person, an attorney can help file a motorcycle accident claim to recover compensation. At Walker, Billingsley & Bair, our attorneys know what you’re up against, and will provide legal help to get you the compensation that you deserve. To get started on filing your claim today, call our offices at 888-435-9886.

Corey Walker
With 19 years legal experience, Corey has been recognized for his work as an injury attorney.