1/4 of all motorcycle injury and deaths are among 50 to 59-year-olds.1


In B.C., approximately 2,101 vehicle crashes involving motorcycles occur annually. Of these, about 68% (1,423 motorcyclists) sustain injuries, and 43 motorcyclists are killed.2

Most deaths and hospitalizations related to motorcycle incidents involve men, with males accounting for 92% of fatalities and 85% of hospitalizations. The age group of 30 to 59 years old is particularly affected, representing 57% of hospitalizations and 58% of fatalities. About 36% of fatalities happen on weekends. Over half of these incidents (55% of deaths, 48% of hospitalizations) take place in the summer, peaking in July and August.3,4

Risk Factors

  • Speed
  • Inattentive drivers
  • Driver error/confusion
  • Alcohol
  • Wild animals
  • Failing to yield to right of way
  • Improper turning
  • Following too closely
  • Size and capacity of motorcycles that permit driving at high speeds

Older riders may be at increased risk of injury because they:

  • Are more likely to use higher-powered motorcycles
  • Have less experience riding motorcycles either as new or returning riders
  • Are more likely to experience a decline in physical and cognitive abilities, and may be unaware of these deficits


Motorcycle injuries and deaths occur more often on weekends and in warm weather (June to September).1


  • Wear a helmet: Your helmet should meet recognized safety standards.
  • Don the gear: Wear an inflatable air jacket and good protective clothing.
  • Be mindful of the rules: Drive according to posted speed limits and road conditions. Brush up on BC’s helmet and seating laws.
  • Mind the brakes: Choose a ride with an anti-lock braking system (ABS). ABS can reduce your risk of being in a fatal crash.
  • Brush up on your skills: Practice emergency maneuvers and obstacle avoidance. Be familiar with your bike and how it handles.
  • Communicate your behaviour: Signal your intentions to other road users.
  • Know how a passenger changes the ride: A passenger adds extra weight to the bike and you will have to adjust your movement.


1. BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit (2020). Injury Insight: Motorcycle Injuries in BC. Available from:

2. Data source: ICBC. Quick Statistics: Crashes and Casualty Crashes. 5-year average from 2018-2022. Available from:

3. BC Coroners Service Report: Motorcyclist Deaths 2012 – 2021. Available from:

4. Data Source: Discharge Abstract Database (DAD), Ministry of Health, BCIRPU Injury Data Online Tool, 2021.

5. ICBC. Motorcycle Safety. Available from:

6. ICBC. (2019). ​Motorcycle safety tips for new and experienced riders. Available from: