The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has published motorcycle accident statistics that can give riders insight on how to protect themselves:
- More motorcyclist fatalities are occurring on rural roads.
- High Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) levels are a major problem among motorcycle operators.
- 1/2 of the fatalities are related to negotiating a curve prior to the crash.
- Over 80 percent of the fatalities occur off roadway.
- Un-divided roadways account for a majority of the fatalities.
- Almost 2/3 of the fatalities were associated with speeding.
- Almost 60 % of motorcyclist fatalities occur at night.
- Collision with a fixed object is a significant factor in over 1/2 of the fatalities.
- Braking and steering maneuvers possibly contribute for almost 25 % of the fatalities.
- Helmet use among fatally injured motorcyclists below 50 %.
- Almost 1/3 of the fatally injured operators did not have a proper license.
Look at each of these statistics and plan on how-to avoid them.