Motorcycles are considered to be the most popular means of transportation today. They’re cheaper to purchase, have better gas mileage, and they’re enjoyable to ride. There are many benefits to having a motorcycle, yet every year the number of motorcycle deaths seem to increase. According to NHTRA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis, motorcycle deaths have been increasing each year.
There seems to be a correlation between the increase in purchased motorcycles and a select group of motorcycle deaths. Researchers figured out the problem! These new motorcycle riders are unskilled and untrained. They’re mounting these motorcycles without the proper recommended motorcycle training courses. This means they’re uneducated in the proper safety rules, unprepared to react to any unexpected incident, and unaccustomed to their bike and it's functions. NHTRA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis reported that more than 5,100 motorcyclists were killed in 2007. This is more than a 5% increase from 2006. Every year, motorcycle deaths continually increase, but why? What is the main reason why so many motorcyclists lose their lives and how can this be prevented? Are they riding with little caution or awareness? Are they being disobedient to the traffic laws and seem unconcerned with their surroundings? All of these questions seem to be relevant. There’s not just one single cause in particular, there are several causes of motorcycle deaths. Some are unavoidable, but the majority are usually preventable. Usually when motorcyclists have accidents, they're due to certain avoidable factors. Whether the outcome is good or bad can depend on that motorcyclist's knowlege, skill, training, and protection. Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents: a) Not being precautious when riding b) No skills with turning and braking c) Refusing to use any defensive driving techniques d) Speeding e) Unfamiliar with the mechanics of the bike f) Not respecting the limits of their bike g) Lack of training and riding skills Safety should be a motorcyclist's #1 priority. Practicing the recommended rules of safety can decrease the chances of having an accident. It needs to become second nature and part of the normal riding experience. Knowing what to do in the heat of the moment is helpful and should be thought about daily. The decision made at that time could determine the outcome. Make sure that decision is the correct decision, take the proper training courses. Wear the appropriate protective gear. For locations on approved rider training courses, call 1-800-446-9227.
*Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA)National Center for Statistics and Analysis