The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) compiled information regarding motorcycle helmet use in 2014. In “Motorcycle Helmet Use in 2014-Overall Results”.

For 2014, NHTSA found:

  • DOT-compliant helmet use was 64%, an increase from 60% in 2013.
  • Use of non-compliant helmets decreased to 5%, down from 7% in 2013.
  • Motorcyclists who did not use a helmet decreased to 31%, down from 33% in 2013.
  • Nineteen (19) states and the District of Columbia require helmet use for all riders.
  • Helmet use increased significantly in the southern states.

NHTSA has documented that motorcycle helmet usage has varied over the years as shown in this graph.Helmet Usage Graph

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