If 50% of your dead biker friends were their own fault...
If 50% of your dead biker friends were their own fault, then they were living large in a short time and taking unnecessary risks. Remember, I've been riding for over 20 years and about a half-million miles, which means I'm not testosterone-poisoned to the point of having to hang my life on the line unnecessarily to prove anything...
Meanwhile, statistically speaking, you can read the causes of most motorcycle fatalities in an annual government report called the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) Traffic Statistics Fatalities Report (TSF Report), which is released every year. The last I one I examined thoroughly was the '04 report, which is here (PDF):
Quick summations, in 2004:
There were a total of 38,253 Motor Vehicle Traffic Deaths - 39% of which were alcohol related.
1,862,000 Injuries (*)
4008 Motorcyclists killed (includes 50 that were moped drivers, 10 which had trikes, 86 that were dirt-biking, and 49 were on the little mini-bikes, plus 22 where they didn't know what to call it), of which:
3894 were riding either a motorcycle or a scooter (cops are notorious for improperly reporting 2-wheeled classifications) and 313 were passengers.
76,000 Motorcyclists injured (*)
23,000 of those injured had seriously incapitating injuries.(*)
5,494 Pedestrians killed
118,000 Pedestrians injured (*)
(*) NOTE: These numbers only include those reported to the police, and the classification for motorcycles also includes scooters & mopeds (any motorized two-wheeler).
Quick Synopsis: You are 66.7 times as likely to die on an MC by being struck by a light truck (pickup, SUV) than you are by being struck by a bus, statistically speaking. Appearantly they pay bus drivers to pay attention, unlike SUV & Pick-Up drivers... SUV's and Pick-ups actually form the highest threat-ratio for us bikers, edging out standard passenger cars by an 18% margin.
=-= The CyberPoet
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