While teenagers in Iowa and around the country may be allowed to ride a motorcycle, the choice to do so doesn't come without risk. The fatality rate while riding a motorcycle is 35 times greater than driving in an automobile. Furthermore, teen riders have 5.7 times more collision claims than riders between the ages of 35 and 60. This is partially because they prefer to ride bikes that may be harder to learn how to control.
The most recent statistics are shocking: over 88,000 motorcyclists were injured on American highways in 2015. 4,976 motorcyclists were killed in crashes in 2015. Motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a crash than occupants of other vehicles. And the majority of fatal motorcycle accidents involve collisions with other motor vehicles.