Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Helmet Use Revisited

Yesterday I posted some information about articles found in our local paper about helmet use and motorcycle deathrates in the 50 states. (Seems like every local paper and the national media jumped on the story too since its everywhere on the web.) After a little bit of digging and some cursory analysis I found some surprising information.

The 4 states with the most registered motorcycles are:
California - 726,096
Florida - 588,908
Texas - 355,825
Ohio - 332,275

Their ranking in motorcycle death rates is:
California - 25
Florida - 15
Texas - 14
Ohio - 35

It's nice to know that my state, Ohio, is below average. (By the way, kudos Irondad, Oregon is ranked 31, also below average.) The state with the dubious honor of highest death rate and ranked number 47 in the number of registered motorcycles is Mississippi.

The state with the best ranking in the motorcycle death rate is North Dakota, a state the falls right behind Mississippi in the number of registered motorcycles.

Surprisingly, Mississippi talleyed 80.0% helmet use in the 20 fatal motorcycle crashes and North Dakota, the safest state of all had 0% helmet usage in its motorcycle deaths.

Say, what! That's right. Statistically, in the safest state for the motorcycle death rate none of the riders fatally injured were wearing helmets. All 4 of them.

Well, now I understand all of the confussion about statistics that are thrown around during the helmet use debates!

I can toss around these numbers every which way but loose and everyone will have a different take on it. That's fine. Without additional information about the data interpretations will vary.

I'm still wearing my helmet.

Here are the rankings for highest death rate for motorcycles...

1 MISSISSIPPI
2 KENTUCKY
3 LOUISIANA
4 NORTH CAROLINA
5 ARKANSAS
6 ARIZONA
7 SOUTH CAROLINA
8 MARYLAND
9 MISSOURI
10 GEORGIA
11 TENNESSEE
12 ALABAMA
13 NEW MEXICO
14 TEXAS
15 FLORIDA
16 NEW YORK
17 WEST VIRGINIA
18 KANSAS
19 NEVADA
20 HAWAII
21 VIRGINIA
22 CONNECTICUT
23 INDIANA
24 IDAHO
25 CALIFORNIA
26 OKLAHOMA
27 COLORADO
28 PENNSYLVANIA
29 NEW JERSEY
30 DELAWARE
31 OREGON
32 MAINE
33 RHODE ISLAND
34 NEBRASKA
35 OHIO
36 WYOMING
37 UTAH
38 MICHIGAN
39 ILLINOIS
40 WASHINGTON
41 SOUTH DAKOTA
42 ALASKA
43 IOWA
44 MASSACHUSETTS
45 WISCONSIN
46 MINNESOTA
47 VERMONT
48 MONTANA
49 NEW HAMPSHIRE
50 NORTH DAKOTA





(The data represents information collected for the year 2006.)

2 comments:

Conchscooter said...

I have absolutely no idea what that raft of statistics means. You don't need statistics to tell you that if you hit the ground with your noggin you stand a better chance of suffering less injury with a lid on. Beyond that the whole issue gets political. Good luck with that!

Doug C said...

Wise words, well spoken.