Riding a motorcycle can be a tremendously enjoyable experience for enthusiasts of the open road. However, sharing the roads with motorists in cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles exposes riders to significant dangers.

Vehicle blind spots and the small profile of motorcycles combine to allow opportunities for drivers to turn in front of bikers, open doors in riders’ paths and more. These are just some of the situations that may contribute to serious and even fatal incidents for bikers.

Alabama’s motorcyclist fatalities

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists accounted for 7.9% of all people killed in motor vehicle accidents statewide in 2014 and 2015. In 2016, the state saw a jump in motorcyclist fatalities as 112 riders lost their lives on Alabama roads, accounting for 10.3% of all accident deaths that year. Things improved slightly in 2017 with 79 biker deaths, accounting for 8.3% of all accident deaths, before increasing again in 2018 to 82 deaths that represented 8.6% of all fatalities.

Motorcyclist deaths by age group

NHTSA data shows that riders of all age groups share risks on the road, but it is bikers in their 50s and older that represent the largest share of fatalities in Alabama. Between 2014 and 2018, 110 riders over 50 were killed in the state while 92 riders in their 40s, 88 riders in their 30s and 94 riders in their 20s died in the same five years.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give residents in Alabama information about how many motorcycle riders die each year in the state as well as the ages of the riders who die.