We use science to understand and manage the danger of motorcycling.
NMI Punch List
Items for civil servants, government agencies, and the general public to consider when evaluating motorcycling and motorcyclists.
A Short Primer on Scientific Method
According to the scientific method, a theory must fulfill three criteria. First, its claims must be testable; second, its explanations must be difficult to vary; and finally, its test results must be truthfully reported.
Twopers and Flirters We suggest to leave the Twopers alone. Flirters need to be informed, accurately, about the dangers of riding motorcycles on public roadways and the great difficulty it is in attempting to mitigate the danger.
Nobody Told Me That 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.
The Problem with Driver Status and Endorsement Compliance
as a Countermeasure to the Danger of Motorcycling
An explanation of why rider training proponents might not understand
what the FARS table category
“No Valid Motorcycle License” includes or doesn’t include.
Before you deicide to ride, learn about the phenomenon of Blindness While Paying Attention (Inattentional Blindness, Change Blindness, etc.)
And learn about,
motorcycles driven legally and responsible are easy to see, 7. Triple-L (Legal Lights Lighted!).
2016 Motorcyclist Fatalities, Endorsement Compliance and License Status of Motorcycle Driver Invovled in the Crash Almost all motorcycle drivers involved in fatal crashes had a motorcycle endorsement. or .jpg Format
The National Motorcycle Institute (NMI) Training/Licensing System reduces motorcycle driver Fatalities. This is a basic Graduated Drivers License type of system, intended to be administered by civil servants. It is based on the permit-then-endorsement system previously used in the USA that separated training from endorsement testing. This two-step system is still used by most states for passenger vehicle driver licensing. The two-step Motorcycle Learner-Permit-Then-Endorsement System was well established, prior to the motorcycle industry’s Beginner-Training-License Waiver system that is now in use in many states. The NMI system emphasizes an “Opt-Out” feature to allow new motorcyclists a guilt-free way to discontinue training. Here is the detailed explanation of the flowchart: 6. Graduate through the stages of learning in a progressive manner.
–Tables explaining the Four Danger Measures Driver Danger has to do with “Exposure” and Societal Danger has to do with “Participation.”
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
It is an astounding 38 times more dangerous to drive a motorcycle than a car!
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
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%
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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