What do you call a motorcyclist who doesn’t wear a helmet? An organ donor.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Close your eyes and blurt out loud the first image or word that comes to mind when I say, “motorcycle”.  If you’re like most people you probably thought of death. It seems these days the words death and motorcycle are pretty synonymous. Most people think motorcycle drivers drive like this when they’re on the road:

Or you might think they drive like this:

It’s true motorcyclists can be crazy! But for the most part it isn’t motorcyclists who tend to cause accidents, it’s the drivers around them. Below, you’ll find an infographic that statistically describes motorcycle accidents and deaths. Here are 4 things you need to know:

  1. Only 2% of motorcyclists have been involved in an accident. I don’t want to downplay the seriousness of a motorcycle accident, but I would be so bold to say that before reading that statistic you might have thought it was in the 20-40% range.
  2. Motorcyclists are 39 times more likely to die if involved in an accident. Not only do motorcyclists need to be careful while riding, but those around them as well. The last thing you want, is an accident with a motorcyclist and a potential death in your memory regardless of fault.
  3. 51% of those involved in motorcycle accidents, who died, were beyond the age of 40. It would seem intuitive to think more experience equals more safety but according to statistics that can also mean more confidence and less regard for safety.
  4. An astounding 29% of those who died in a motorcycle accident were drunk! Driving a car under the influence is stupid and dangerous, but it’s an entirely different level of stupidity when someone decides to drive drunk on a motorcycle.

Take a look for yourself below at recorded statistics involving motorcycle accidents and deaths in America. A word of caution to anyone who rides a motorcycle: cheap motorcycle insurance can’t help you if you’re dead so be safe!

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