We use science to understand and manage the danger of motorcycling.
Although motorcycle drivers and passengers (Motorcyclists) are fatally injured 27 times more often per vehicle than car drivers and passengers (Motorists), this fact understates the danger of riding upon motorcycles. This understatement happens because the occupancy per vehicle of cars is so much higher than motorcycles. Cars can carry many more, and more frequently carry, passengers. The occupancy of cars is about 1.5 times that of motorcycles. This means that riding on a motorcycle is about 38 times more dangerous than riding in a car, per person! (38 times is the USA 5-year average.)
“We are not taking a side on an issue. We share information that is factual. The truth does not have sides.” NMI
Nobody Told Me Motorcycles Are So Dangerous
A paper on understanding the danger of motorcycling in the USA
The one fact you must know before you decide to operate a motorcycle on public roadways: In fatal motorcycle crashes, the motorcycle is almost always the striking vehicle. In 40% of the crashes the motorcycle was the ONLY vehicle. You should also become aware of Inattentional Blindness before you choose to ride on motorcycles in traffic.
Recommendations to the USA States for reducing motorcyclist fatalities: The Six NMI Talking Points
About 86% of all motorcycle drivers killed had a motorcycle endorsement (73% Valid+Endorsed and 13% not valid but endorsed). Only 14% did not have an endorsed license (27% not valid minus 13% not valid but endorsed). This is the result when you include all motorcycle drivers killed with a motorcycle endorsed license, whether or not the license is Suspended, Expired, Revoked, Foreign, or Valid. Please learn the difference between the terms “Endorsed” and “Valid.” For example, in 2015, 13% of the Motorcycle Driver fatalities had an Endorsed License that was Suspended, Revoked, or Foreign whereas 14% of the Motorcycle Driver fatalities did not have an endorsement. When the suspended/revoked endorsements are added to the non-endorsed fatalities, the result is 27% “Not Valid,” as published by NHTSA. It is important to remember about one half the “Not Valid License” count included those who had possessed a motorcycle endorsement.
Learn the difference between the terms Endorsed and Valid. USA Motorcycle Drivers Fatally Injured
Occupant Example: Comparing Motorcycle and Bus Occupant Danger
Driver Example: Comparing Motorcycle and Truck Driver Danger
All-Vehicles Driver Example: Comparing Motorcycle and All Drivers, Any Vehicle Body Type Relative Danger
When scientifically evaluating any aspect of motorcycles and public roadways, it is important to recognize that there are very few motorcycles compared to the number of other vehicles. For example, annually, there are more than 150 other vehicles on the road for every single motorcycle!
Blue Chart: Motorcycle Drivers Fatally Injured, 5 Year Average
Green Chart: Passenger Vehicle Drivers Fatally Injured, 5 Year Average
Yellow Chart: Percent of Motorcycle Drivers Killed went from 8% to over 20%
It is an astounding 38 times more dangerous to drive a motorcycle than a car!
To summarize the facts:
1. 38 times per person-mile more dangerous.
(27 times per vehicle-mile since cars carry more passengers.)
2. The motorcycle is almost always the striking vehicle.
3. The motorcycle driver (rider-operator) typically has a Motorcycle endorsement.
We do not promote or discourage using motorcycles, we promote making informed choices.
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