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Riding a motorcycle, you are far more likely to get in an accident and far more likely to get hurt than if you are driving a car.
That's a fact.
In fact, according to The US Highway Safety Authority, in 2002 20.9 cars out of 100,000 ended up in fatal crashes. The rate for motorcycles is 66.7 per 100,000.
That means that you are 209% more likely to be in a fatal crash on a motorcycle.
But, don't give your bike away. We are dedicated to providing you with resources and information to make your ride safer and more enjoyable. Explore all the information in this section to learn more about techniques and products that can help save your life.
So, why do most motorcycle accidents happen?
According to the Hurt Study (the most comprehensive motorcycle safety study to date):
"The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of motorcycle accidents. The driver of the other vehicle involved in collision with the motorcycle did not see the motorcycle before the collision, or did not see the motorcycle until too late to avoid the collision."
What's the lesson here? (HINT: It's the part in red)
Most accidents happen because a driver of a car didn't see the motorcyclist. We are here to make sure you know that there are ways to be seen – check out our articles on equipment for increased visibility and the article on reflective clothing.
According to the Hurt Study, 77% of two vehicle accidents occur in the 10, 11, 12, 1, and 2 o'clock positions of the motorcycle. The area behind the driver, accounts only for about 3% of impacts.
We see that drivers aren't just seeing motorcyclists, most of the time they aren't seeing them when they are approaching from the front.
The Hurt Study also teachers us that the most frequent accident happens when the motorcycle is proceeding straight and a car makes a left turn in front of the oncoming motorcycle. Intersections are the most likely place for the motorcycle accident, with the other vehicle violating the motorcycle's right-of-way. View the articles on riding technique to learn ways to avoid these typical accidents.
Likelihood of injury is extremely high in motorcycle accidents-98% of the multiple vehicle collisions and 96% of the single vehicle accidents result in some kind of injury to the motorcycle rider; 45% resulted in more than a minor injury.* Good body protection can help if you are in an accident. Check out our information on motorcycle safety gear.
Remember - Knowledge is Power – use this information to be a safe motorcycle driver and to get the equipment you need to stay safe.
*"Hurt Study Revisited", Minnesotta Motorcycle Monthly
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