After reaching a high-water mark in 2016, the number of fatalities due to motorcycle accidents in Colorado has trailed off slightly over the last two years. According to official statistics, in both 2017 and 2018, there were 103 deaths to motorcycle riders reported in this state. Motorcycle accidents constituted about 16 percent of all traffic-related fatalities in both 2017 and 2018.
This year is, to this point, looking to be better than the recent average when it comes to fatal motorcycle accidents. Preliminary numbers from the first few months of this year indicate that only 13 people have died because of motorcycle accidents thus far. At this pace, there could be fewer than 100 motorcycle fatalities for the first time since 2014.
However, not all the news about motorcycle accidents in this state is good. In 2016, just 3 years ago, 125 motorcycle riders and passengers died. To put this in perspective, this number was higher than the number of passengers in other motor vehicles who died in car accidents and constituted over 20 percent of all traffic-related fatalities in this state.
Moreover, since 2002, the number of fatalities due to motorcycle accidents has increased substantially. In 2002, only 73 people on motorcycles died in accidents, slightly less than 10 percent of all traffic-related deaths. In other words, comparing 2002 to 2018, the number of fatalities has increased by over 40 percent.
As this blog has reported before, motorcycle accidents are almost always serious affairs. Drivers of other vehicles can do their part to reduce the fatality rate in this state by being on the lookout for motorcyclists and driving carefully when around them.