There are many people that prefer the two wheeling fun of a motorcycle to the four wheels and safety of a car. However, whether on or off the road (dirt bikes), there are several risks to these riders, as there are many more dangers and a lot less protection for their rides. We can all understand and appreciate the adrenaline rush that accompanies a great motorcycle ride, but we can’t deny the facts. Here is a sampling of 10 facts that prove motorcycles are too dangerous to own.
1. Motorcycle single vehicle crashes account for nearly 45% of fatalities amongst riders. This is a very serious fact that shows just how easy it is to get into a fatal accident without the classic movie stunt-style crashes. As scary as this fact is, there are several other deaths associated with motorcycles that are much less complex than you would expect.
2. Over 38,000 motorcyclists died between the years of 1975 to 1999. This is a sure sign that through those years, there were several, several deaths for the times. Today, there are many more riders, raising the bar on this statistic and increasing the odds for motorcycle related death.
3. Between 1990 and 1999, there were nearly 294,000 nonfatal motorcycle accidents. This is definitely a big deal as this is a high rate of crashes. The motorcycle may not have killed these drivers, but chances are that the injuries were quite severe, especially as motorcycles don’t begin to provide the safety measures that are needed in such a crash.
4. More motorcycle related fatalities take place on rural roads. This just goes to prove that even the open road is a dangerous place to be. With or without other vehicles, there are several risks that are present, many of which can be on the part of the driver who is not as experienced and skilled as they think, hence “don’t try this at home”.
5. Half of all motorcycle fatalities are related to the miss-negotiation of an upcoming curve. When a motorcycle rider is coming upon a curve, they can often negotiate the turn improperly making the wrong turn, leaning too far, or even missing the turn or curve altogether, which can be extremely dangerous for the rider.
6. Over 80% of all motorcycle fatalities took place off road. This can be a very eerie fact, especially as many people associate more accidents with other vehicles, which is less common than those that are taking place off the road and within rural settings.
7. Nearly 60% of motorcycle fatalities typically occur during the night. The night time is a perilous time to just drive a car, so just imagine during the night when you are on a two wheel motorcycle that has no air bags or side doors to keep you safer. The night impairs a lot of people’s vision, especially with a helmet and goggles on.
8. Collision with a single fixed object accounts for over half of motorcycle fatalities. This is to prove that they are dangerous even when cars aren’t around, as you can crash into any stationary object that is surrounding the road, which includes trees, parked cars, hydrants, signs, etc.
9. Most motorcycle riders over the age of 40 are killed in a related crash. This just goes to prove that sometimes going after a midlife crisis desire can cost you your life, so you may as well get a new attitude about age, instead of getting on a bike and risking your safety and life.
10. A majority of motorcycle related fatalities occur on undivided roadways. There are different types of roads, and for newbies to riding motorcycles these roadways can present different challenges. Even those that have been riding for years can fall victim to a difficult roadway.