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Moto Industry Reports Show Motorcycle Safety At An All-Time Low

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With industries leading the way into a newer, brighter, cleaner future for transport, it is time to take stock of the statistics surrounding sustainability, particularly when saving lives.

A report from Forbes has released a series of studies carried out by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA keeps track of accident patterns in the automotive and moto industries and uses these statistics to encourage a safer road for everybody.

Recently, the numbers have been fluxing in favor of automobiles – leaving the safety of motorists at a higher risk than anticipated.

view of a highway from a caged bridgen Berkeley, California, U.S., on Monday, May 7, 2018.


According to the studies, motorcycle fatalities have increased to 21.46 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles driven when measuring intel gathered between 2009 and 2018.

That means that motorcycle riders’ risk has been increased by a whopping 15-21% – 22 times that of automobile drivers.

By contrast, automobile fatalities are at an all-time low, with 1.11 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles driven stated for the same time frame.

fatality statistics for motorcyclists versus automobile drivers


These numbers also go very well with the following statements released by HG.org, a legal resources law firm committed to the safety of motorists.

  • Around 66% of motorcycle-related accidents are caused by a vehicle violating the right-of-way, usually at an intersection.
  • 98% of motorcycle accidents do not have weather as a contributing factor in the accident reports.
  • 62% of motorcyclists experience fuel system spills and leaks post-crash, increasing risk more than the average automobile.
  • Motorcycle manufacturers have been making more recalls. According to HG.org, “Recalls have become more prevalent with some manufacturers like Yamaha having a record 49 recalls in the last decade and effectively 32% of MY20 recalled.”

It’s data like this that contributes to creating the Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessments (HARAs).

HARAS contributes to Functional and Technical Safety Concepts, which guides design requirements for a new vehicle and in turn creates a safer product.

“Per a recent 2021 report prepared for Congress,” writes Forbes, “The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has urged NHTSA to address the design of motorcycles including the following:

  • requiring motorcycles to meet performance standards for passenger vehicle crash warning systems;
  • mandating that new motorcycles manufactured for on-road use come equipped with antilock braking systems; and
  • developing standards for stability control systems for on-road motorcycles.”

Time will tell how this scene plays out, but for now, best to consider strapping that helmet on and checking out these 5 Motorcycle Safety Tips when going for a tootle about town.

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It’s an inherently risky activity. I’m guessing none of their suggestions would make any meaningful difference and would only price things out of many peoples budgets.
 

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Gee, could it have anything to do with repeals of helmet laws?
Honestly not very much I don’t think. Those that ride without in non helmet law states only don a half lid when helmet laws are applied. While I’m sure it is better than nothing it isn’t much better.
 

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The only meaningful finding of the four listed for HG.org is the first one regarding right-of-way violations. The other three offer no rationale for correlation with an uptick in motorcycle accidents, and are puzzling as to their inclusion. In fact, one could argue that increased recalls contribute to a safer situation, but no data is offered as to how many recalled bikes that have or have not been fixed are involved in accidents. The other statements are just not germane. Similarly, the NTSB recommendations offer only one effective solution - ABS brakes. Crash warning systems for intersection right-of-way may actually be more distracting for an aware motorcyclist than helpful, given the extremely short reaction time available to both the warning system and the rider. It is doubtful that there is much hard data in the accident stats to support the requirement for stability control systems. I am no engineer, but I struggle to envision a stability control system for motorcycles that improves their maneuverability and accident avoidance capabilities.

It is curious that no information is provided that addresses the issues of excess speed, alcohol, rider age and training/experience, and location of rides (freeways, interstate highways, country roads, urban traffic, etc.) Unfortunately, there are no requirements to limit horsepower and torque on a sliding scale based on rider IQ!
If the studies don't derive and analyze data that is more meaningful and helpful than what this NHTSA report offers there is little, if any, chance of actually improving these statistics.
 

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Unfortunately the solutions they present are things that can be easily mandated without regard to their effectiveness.
 

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Wow. Forbes no longer knows either English _or_ math. 21.46 is NOT 22 times 1.11. It's only about 19.3 times 1.11. They also use that total-risk-differential multiplier in the same sentence as the percentage increase, nearly equating the two. It's very poor writing combined with a complete inability to use a basic calculator.

If one can neither calculate a _basic_ thing like that, nor write a clear sentence about it, why would anyone listen to the rest of the argument? How does one have any confidence that any of the other numbers are calculated correctly or displayed (written or graphed) correctly, let alone whether they were evaluated correctly?
 

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Wow. Forbes no longer knows either English _or_ math. 21.46 is NOT 22 times 1.11. It's only about 19.3 times 1.11. They also use that total-risk-differential multiplier in the same sentence as the percentage increase, nearly equating the two. It's very poor writing combined with a complete inability to use a basic calculator.

If one can neither calculate a _basic_ thing like that, nor write a clear sentence about it, why would anyone listen to the rest of the argument? How does one have any confidence that any of the other numbers are calculated correctly or displayed (written or graphed) correctly, let alone whether they were evaluated correctly?
The dumbing-down of America. The less than mediocre media has become so enamored with smugly reporting opinion as fact that they can no longer accurately report facts at all. Why bother to calculate when it is easier and more fun to "cancel"?
 
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