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Safest & Most Dangerous Cities for Motorcyclists


Forbes has published a report listing the safest and most dangerous cities in the United States for motorcyclists. By reviewing data collected by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), Forbes complied data from 2011 and 2021 across 100 of the “largest cities by population to compare motorcycle accidents per 100,000 residents and to assess” the changes over time.

Unfortunately, a handful of Ohio's cities made the dangerous list. This report serves as a stark reminder of the importance of safety for those who enjoy riding motorcycles. Keep reading to learn more.

Dangerous Cities for Motorcyclists

With three of the top 10 most dangerous cities for motorcycle riders in the U.S. located in Florida, it's clear that warm weather areas have an alarming over-representation of motorcycle accident fatalities. Unfortunately, the risk doesn't only extend to those on bikes. The Sunshine State also sees a high number of crashes among drivers of other vehicles, due to factors such as relaxed road safety laws and an influx of unfamiliar tourists in major cities.

Cities with the highest death rate relative to population size:

  1. Toledo, OH 4.81
  2. Albuquerque, NM 4.43
  3. Jacksonville, FL 4.42
  4. Detroit, MI 3.92
  5. Miami, FL 3.85
  6. Cleveland, OH 3.76
  7. Tampa, FL 3.65
  8. Greensboro, NC 3.36
  9. Kansas City, MO 3.35
  10. Colorado Spring, CO 3.33

Toledo, OH might surprise you as the most dangerous city for motorcycle riders. With 4.81 fatalities per capita in 2021, Toledo tops the list when measured solely in terms of deaths per 100,000 residents. This is nearly 10 times the number of fatalities recorded in Frisco, TX, the country's safest city for motorcycle riders.

Limited helmet use is a major factor in these statistics. Even though helmets are proven to significantly reduce the risk of fatal collisions and serious injuries, 45% of riders in the Midwest opted to wear them in 2021. In comparison to a nationwide level, 64.9% of riders wear helmets.

Safest Cities for Motorcyclists

Some cities in the United States have much lower rates of fatalities among motorcycle riders. Cities with the lowest number of deaths per 100,000 residents were considered the safest.

Cities with the highest death rate relative to population size:

  1. Henderson, NV 0
  2. Minneapolis, MN 0
  3. Plano, TX 0
  4. Chandler, AZ 0.36
  5. North Las Vegas 0.38
  6. Reno, NV 0.38
  7. Laredo, TX 0.39
  8. Boise, ID 0.42
  9. Richmond, VA 0.44
  10. Frisco, TX 0.49

Several Nevada cities have made the list of top destinations for motorcycle enthusiasts, offering a safe and enjoyable riding experience. The state has been at the forefront of motorcycle safety regulations since 1972, mandating helmets for all riders and eye protection when there is no windshield.

In addition, the state prohibits lane splitting, making it one of the few places in the U.S. to do so. These strict laws demonstrate Nevada's commitment to ensuring the safety of all riders on its roads, making it a safer place to cruise the open road.

Work with a Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Have you been involved in a motorcycle accident that wasn't your fault? Don't hesitate to contact our team at Bridges, Jillisky, Weller & Gullifer, LLC. Our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers can help determine what damages you may be entitled to and work to build a strong case in your favor.

We understand the pain and stress that comes with being in an accident, and we are here to fight for you. Let us help you receive the compensation you deserve.

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