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.

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