Michigan Motorcycle Fatality Statistics [Infographic]

2012 Michigan Helmet Laws and the Impact on Rider Safety

While it’s reported that motorcycle accidents have decreased in recent years, fatalities are still on the rise. In 2012, Michigan repealed its helmet laws — and the changes were not for the better. Since 1969, every motorcyclist was required to wear a helmet at all times, but under certain circumstances, riders are permitted to ride without a helmet if:

  • They are 21 or older.
  • Pass a safety course or have rider experience for at least two years.
  • Carry $20,000 in medical insurance.

This infographic depicts how Michigan’s 2012 helmet law has impacted rider safety and has increased motorcyclist fatalities:

Michigan Motorcycle Fatality Statistics [Infographic]

  • 13.23% - Average fatality rate per million population from 2017 - 2020.
  • The average number of fatalities per year has increased by 18.18 % since the 2012 helmet law change.
  • Motorcyclist fatalities increased from 122 in 2019 to 152 in 2020.
  • The yearly average of motorcycle crash fatalities increased from 110 deaths before the law change compared to 130 deaths post-law change.

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