The Dangers of Riding Motorcycles

If you ask an average person how they are scared of dying, you’ll receive answers such as “drowning” or “cancer.” Generally, you’ll never hear them say “car accident,” but car accidents and traffic fatalities are crazy common. Most traffic accidents happen just within 2 miles of your own home, but driving is such an everyday occurrence that many forget the dangers of operating a vehicle. However, when it comes to motorcycles, people are quick to point out how crazy someone must have to be to drive one. Traffic statistics in Canada confirm that motorcycle fatalities happen in higher proportion than cars, but does this necessarily make them more dangerous to a safe driver?

This article posted on the Fortnine website investigates just how dangerous motorcycles really are using traffic data gathered from Transport Canada. The author of the article used statistics gathered from 2009-2013 to point out that the number of cars registered to Canadian drivers is about 31 times higher than the number of motorcycles. However, when it comes to how often these vehicles are driven on Canadian roads, the author corrects his calculation because bikers do not ride their vehicles in the winter time due to snow and bad road conditions, but other drivers do. The article comes to the conclusion that for every kilometer a motorcycle travels in a year on Canadian roads, a regular light vehicle will travel 75. Using this metric, the article uses fatality data to compare the number of cyclist deaths versus the number of deaths of drivers of regular light vehicles. This yields the unsurprising conclusion that in a traffic collision, a motorcyclist is 13.5 times more likely to die in the accident than a driver of a car. The article then lists a number of ways motorcyclists can keep themselves safe by citing data for the causes of motorcycle fatalities, such as maintaining the speed limit, gaining more experience riding their bike, wearing proper safety gear, and never drinking and driving. When bikers are safe and informed about their vehicles, the chances of dying in an accident fall drastically.

Considering this article was written for a motorcycle parts company, it makes sense that they would try as hard they could to paint motorcycles as safe vehicles, but the fact of the matter is that even if a biker does as the article suggests and follows all of the recommended safety advice, accidents will still happen due to forces beyond their control, such as another driver on the road. Since an accident on a bike is more likely to cause serious injury, motorcycle accident lawyers exist that can make sure the driver who caused the accident is held accountable.

The article suggests that if you ride a motorcycle safely, your rate of death goes down to about the same as a normal car. But if you ask me, that is still far too high. Everyone must make an effort to continue learning about their vehicles and proper traffic safety, whether that’s on a bike or in a pickup.

Estate Planning: A difficult but necessary decision

Death is a difficult thing for human beings to quantify and experience. The very nature of death is confusing to most people because it begs the answer to many metaphysical questions about the possibility of an afterlife and the phenomenon of human consciousness. Unfortunately, death often tends to force out sides in the personalities of the living that are unpleasant and damaging to their fellow, grieving family members. Succeeding family members that are left to deal with the aftermath, often in legal and financial regards,  of the death of a loved one, can experience difficult situations. Personal grief and incidental depression can leave family members too exhausted to handle the affairs of their deceased loved ones.

Estate planning, as it is commonly referred to in modern times, is the practice of preparing a course of action in the event of sudden death. Typically this is a very loving precaution for one’s family. In most cases where there is no last will for a person, their family can go through excruciating times where tensions are high, and compassion may be difficult to find. Families can already be completely torn apart by losing their family members to death, but when large sums of money, property, or even personal items of high monetary and sentimental value are up for grabs, the pain of losing that person can mutate into a cloud of irrational decisions. Petty quarrels over personal belongings of the deceased are common in family deaths.

The wisest plan of action to avoid these adverse outcomes for each person to plan for their death. While this idea seems morbid and depressing for most people it should be looked at as an opportunity to live life fully until the imminent day when you will pass on from this earth. With schedules taking the reigns on many people’s lives it is easy to see how taking the time to plan for such a morbid appointment. Obviously, we are not keen to the idea that one day this body will cease to breathe as we pass on. This attitude is a human phenomenon in that the fear of the death is usually what inspires us to live each day to its fullest potential. Ironically, selecting a burial method, payment methods, and selecting which of your favorite tea pots will live on among younger descendants is not the type of appointment we make room for in the busy life schedule.

To conclude, death is an extremely difficult phenomenon in the way that it forces humans to confront their fears of their own mortality. With heavy emotions weighing down on the reasoning centers of each psyche it is obvious how family members can turn against each other in vindictive ways. In order to diffuse these tensions and ensure that one’s death remains free of negative interactions between family members it is wise to plan accordingly when the end of life is near. Death may be painful, but the tense feuds between blood relatives can be equally painful on the living.