Report: Hawaii, Florida Deadliest States for Two-Wheeled Vehicles

January 22, 2024

Hawaii followed by Florida are the most dangerous states for two-wheelers, with either a pedal or motor-bike involved in nearly one third of fatal crashes in Hawaii, a new report shows.

The study, commissioned by Florida-based personal injury law firm Anidjar & Levine, used data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on the volume of fatal collisions between 2017 and 2021.

Researchers compared the volume of total fatal crashes to the volume of deadly crashes involving pedal-cyclists and motorcyclists to find the state with the highest percentage of fatal crashes involving two-wheeled vehicles.

Hawaii topped the list with 151 fatal crashes involving some version of bike, accounting for 31.26% fatal crashes in the state.

Bikes were involved in one-in-four fatal accidents on Florida roads and the state had the highest volume of fatal bike accidents. Roughly one-in-four fatal accidents were found to involve a two-wheeled vehicle.

Rhode was considered as the third most dangerous state for two-wheelers, with motorcycles accounting for 67 fatal crashes and seven fatal bicycle incidents (23.64% of the state’s total fatal crashes). New Hampshire followed with 23.19%, and Nevada was fifth with 23.11%.

Mississippi, Alabama and Nebraska were the three states where the lowest percentage of fatal crashes involve a two wheeled vehicle. Mississippi was the only state in which less than one-in-10 fatal crashes involved two-wheelers.

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