Motorcycles and Safety – Rocket to a Crash

Lightning fast to a crash

More and more people are picking up motorcycles for their recreational use, and for most there is never an incident with their newfound pleasure. However, for some, whether they’re picking up land cruisers or the so-called pocket rockets, their new joyride ends in the worst way – with a crash.

With nearly four million motorcycles registered in the United States, it is a reality that more and more drivers are at risk of crashing just using this vehicle.

More than 1/3 more chance of a fatal accident

Motorcyclists are known to have more accidents than most other vehicles on the road, leading people to think it might be a problem with the vehicle of their choice rather than the problem. It has been shown that a motorcyclist is at risk of a fatal accident up to 35 times that of a passenger car per mile driven, for example that motorcycles, although they have only 2% of registered vehicles on the roadway, cause 5% of fatal accidents on highways per year.

60% more chance of a fatal accident

These motorcycles have a higher fatality rate due to the fact that the vehicle itself offers virtually no protection for the driver to protect them when they crash. This means that almost 80% of all motorcycle crashes are fatal for the driver, in contrast to the approx. 20% of crashes involving passenger cars. This figure can be individually influenced by the type of bike a new driver buys. A Progressive Auto Insurance study of 2 million registered cyclists provides an example of both the most damaged and the least damaged. The most likely motorcycle to crash on the roadway is the Suzuki GSX-R series, closely followed by the Kawasaki ninja, the Suzuki TLR, the Yamaha YZF and the Honda CBR series.

Pocket rockets

The consistent factor of these five cycles is that they are all pocket rockets; in the sense that they are small frame bikes designed for speed. This could be due to the fact that many people buy the bigger motorcycles without a wealth of experience, which quickly leads to them losing control and crashing. This is highlighted in the list of bikes with the fewest crashes, all larger Land Cruisers designed for extended use rather than speed.

One piece of advice to be given to those looking for thrills on cruise missiles would be to learn to control your motorcycle in an effort to keep it from becoming a new statistic.