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We use science to understand and manage the danger of motorcycling.

 
 

Cover, Nobody Told Me That Motorcycles Are So Dangerous

Nobody Told Me That Motorcycles Are So Dangerous
A paper on understanding the danger of motorcycling in the USA

 
 
 
 
 
 

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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 Attention and Blindness concepts such as Inattentional Blindness before you choose to ride on motorcycles in traffic.

 
 

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Recommendations to the USA States for reducing motorcyclist fatalities: The Six NMI Talking Points

 
 

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NMI Punch List
Items for civil servants and government agencies to consider adding to training course materials regarding motorcycling and motorcyclists.
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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

 

This data analysis that shows that driving a motorcycle is 38 times more dangerous than driving a car!

 
 

It is an astounding 38 times more dangerous to drive a motorcycle than a car!

 
 
 
 
 

Cartoon, people prefer comforting lies to unpleasant truths.

 
 

It is Time to Change Rider Education to Focus on Mental Qualities, Emphasizing Respect and Judgment
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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.

 

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Learn the difference between the terms Endorsed and Valid. USA Motorcycle Drivers Fatally Injured
Endorsed-But-Not-Valid-License Comparison

2015 Motorcycle Driver Fatalities, by Endorsement (Compliance) and License Status

 
 
 
 

There are over 150 Other Vehicles using the road for every single motorcycle!

 

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!

 
 
 
 

Chart of USA Driver Fatalities: Motorcycle, Passenger Vehicle, Percentage

 
 

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%

 
 
 
 

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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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