In 2015, Louisiana had 86 total motorcycle riders killed. Of the 86, 49% had legally impaired blood alcohol concentrations, 33% with a Blood Alcohol Concentration of .08+ and 19% with a BAC of .15+. This Louisiana Motorcycle Accidents data is from a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report. The same report found on a nationwide basis that 42% of motorcycle riders were alcohol impaired.
Other key national finds from the report are:
• In 2015, there were 4,976 motorcyclists killed—an 8-percent increase from the 4,594 motorcyclists killed in 2014.
• An estimated 88,000 motorcyclists were injured during 2015, a 3-percent decrease from the 92,000 motorcyclists injured in 2014.
• Per vehicle mile traveled in 2015, motorcyclist fatalities occurred nearly 29 times more frequently than passenger car occupant fatalities in traffic crashes.
• Twenty-seven percent of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes in 2015 were riding without valid motorcycle licenses.
• In 2015, motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were found to have the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired drivers than any other vehicle types (27% for motorcycles, 21% for passenger cars, 20% for light trucks, and 2% for large trucks).
• Motorcycle riders killed in traffic crashes at night were three times more frequently alcohol-impaired than those killed during the day in 2015.
• NHTSA estimates that helmets saved 1,772 motorcyclists’ lives in 2015, and that 740 more could have been saved if all motorcyclists had worn helmets.
• In States without universal helmet laws, 58 percent of motorcyclists killed in 2015 were not wearing helmets, as compared to 8 percent in States with universal helmet laws.