Motorcycles only comprise 3% of the road users in Washington State, but accounted for 15% of all fatalities and 19% of serious injuries in collisions between 2013 and 2017. About 1 in 5 motorcycle collisions result in serious injury or death and on average 75 riders die every year in collisions on Washington roads. These statistics have remained relatively constant for more than a decade.
Motorcycle riding is a risky form of transportation, especially when combined with factors such as lack of helmet use, speeding, impairment, and lack of endorsement. Motorcycles, unlike passenger vehicles, offer no protection to the rider in the event of a collision and riders are more susceptible to serious injuries in collisions.