Infographic of the Day: How Dangerous are Motorcycles?

October 11th, 2012
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The majority of motorcycle drivers are handymen, craftsmen and students, and blue collar workers, craftsmen and students are more likely to be involved in motorcycle accidents than other drivers.

Unfortunately, older riders are more prone to accidents than younger riders. Thirty-tree percent of motorcycle deaths involve someone over the age of 50. Only 26 percent of motorcycle fatalities occur in riders under the age of 29. Drivers between the ages of 30 and 39 only make up 18 percent of motorcycle accidents.

The reason motorcycle accidents involve more injuries and deaths is because there’s nothing between the motorcycle driver and other vehicles and objects. Of course, that’s exactly why the majority of riders drive motorcycles. They want to feel adventurous and be one with the road. However, if they’re not careful and not properly protected, they could become one with the pavement.

Staying safe on a motorcycle is as easy as not drinking alcoholic beverages before riding and wearing the proper riding gear and proper protective clothing, such as long sleeves, full-face helmets and long pants. It’s also important to be a defensive motorcycle driver by staying vigilant of the traffic patterns and other vehicles on the road.




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  1. Paul Hanly says :

    What is missing is the proportion of car/motorcycle accidents in which the car was in the wrong and in which the biker was in the wrong.

    If the cars are in the wrong most of the time, then bikers' ability to reduce risk is more limited and relies heavily on very defensive riding.

    Other information of interest would be the proportion of killed riders over 50 who have not been riding regularly for at least 5 years before death.

    But higher death rates among older riders might suggest some other possibiities:
    1. comparatively poor night vision, peripheral vision and reflexes
    2. more mistakes that in cars would result in minor accidents only
    3. suicide by bike
    4. returning and new riders not having highly developed skills and judgement
    5 returning riders overestimating their actual skill levels by reference to their precious survival and skills as young riders.

    I keep deferring a return to riding that I gave up after a close call with injury to me and my pillion almost 40 years ago. Having read this I might defer it a while longer!

  2. pebblewriter Email says :

    Loved riding motorcycles as a kid. Now, with kids of my own at home, not a chance. For anyone not sure... take a quick glance at google images of motorcycle accidents.

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