Iowa motorcycle accidents often make the news. Motorcycle fatalities can rock communities and devastate families, and severe injuries can change a motorcyclist’s life. As a rider, or someone who loves a rider, it’s important to know what’s happening on Iowa roads and what to do after a motorcycle accident.

Iowa Motorcycle Crash Statistics 1960 to 2018

It’s helpful to look at motorcycle accident fatality and injury trends when considering Iowa motorcycle accidents.

Iowa Motorcycle Accidents in the 1960s

During the 1960s:

  • The lowest number of motorcycle fatalities was seven in 1960, 1961, and 1962
  • The highest number of motorcycle fatalities was 35 in 1968
  • The motorcycle fatal crash rate per 10,000 registered motorcyclists ranged from 5.6 in 1962 to 10.1 in 1966

Official tracking of motorcycle accident injuries began in 1967. There were 1,086 injuries in 1969 and 1,137 injuries in 1968. The lowest motorcycle injury crash rate per 10,000 registered motorcyclists was 224.9 in 1969 and the highest rate was 299.9 in 1967.

Iowa Motorcycle Accidents in the 1970s

During the 1970s:

  • The lowest number of motorcycle fatalities was 41 in 1971
  • The highest number of motorcycle fatalities was 83 in 1979
  • The motorcycle fatal crash rate per 10,000 registered motorcyclists ranged from 4.2 in 1975 to 7.1 in 1970
  • The lowest number of motorcycle injuries was 1,366 in 1970
  • The highest number of motorcycle injuries was 2,851 in 1974
  • The motorcycle injury crash rate per 10,000 registered motorcyclists ranged from 129.6 in 1979 to 238.1 in 1973

Iowa Motorcycle Accidents in the 1980s

During the 1980s:

  • The lowest number of motorcycle fatalities was 44 in 1984
  • The highest number of motorcycle fatalities was 76 in 1980
  • The motorcycle fatal crash rate per 10,000 registered motorcyclists ranged from 2.3 in 1984 to 3.7 in 1980
  • The lowest number of motorcycle injuries was 1,372 in 1989
  • The highest number of motorcycle injuries was 2,737 in 1980
  • The motorcycle injury crash rate per 10,000 registered motorcyclists ranged from 98.7 in 1989 to 133.5 in 1980

Iowa Motorcycle Accidents in the 1990s

During the 1990s:

  • The lowest number of motorcycle fatalities was 26 in 1996
  • The highest number of motorcycle fatalities was 44 in 1993
  • The motorcycle fatal crash rate per 10,000 registered motorcyclists ranged from 2.3 in 1992 to 3.8 in 1995
  • The lowest number of motorcycle injuries was 638 in 1998
  • The highest number of motorcycle injuries was 1,264 in 1990
  • The motorcycle injury crash rate per 10,000 registered motorcyclists ranged from 58.4 in 1998 to 94.8 in 1990

Iowa Motorcycle Accidents in the 2000s

During the 2000s:

  • The lowest number of motorcycle fatalities was 34 in 2000
  • The highest number of motorcycle fatalities was 61 in 2007
  • The motorcycle fatal crash rate per 10,000 registered motorcyclists ranged from 2.7 in 2004 to 3.9 in 2006
  • The lowest number of motorcycle injuries was 662 in 2002
  • The highest number of motorcycle injuries was 1,057 in 2008
  • The motorcycle injury crash rate per 10,000 registered motorcyclists ranged from 53.3 in 2002 to 70.6 in 2000

Iowa Motorcycle Accidents 2010 to 2018

From 2010 to 2018:

  • The lowest number of motorcycle fatalities was 33 in 2011
  • The highest number of motorcycle fatalities was 60 in 2016
  • The motorcycle fatal crash rate per 10,000 registered motorcyclists ranged from 1.9 in 2011 to 3.5 in 2010
  • The lowest number of motorcycle injuries was 797 in 2018
  • The highest number of motorcycle injuries was 1152 in 2012
  • The motorcycle injury crash rate per 10,000 registered motorcyclists ranged from 41.4 in 2018 to 63.4 in 2012

Since the 1980s, the fatality rate has been relatively stable while the injury rate has decreased.

Iowa Riders are More Than Accident Statistics

Each number included above and all of the other numbers available from 1960 through today represent a person. Some of these people had relatively minor injuries. They recovered and resumed their lives. Other people had catastrophic or fatal injuries. Their lives were forever changed or ended, and their loved ones also suffered.

If you’ve been hurt or your loved one has been killed in a recent Iowa motorcycle crash, then we encourage you to contact our experienced Iowa motorcycle accident lawyers before your time to pursue a recovery expires.

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Jason F. Abraham
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