Lots of shit can happen on a motorcycle. A lot of unpredictable stuff can happen due to people in four wheeled vehicles not paying attention to us motorcyclists on the road and therefore cause hundreds of motorcycle accidents and deaths. But a lot of the unpredictable is caused by us, the biker. The two biggest factors in motorcyclists causing their own demise is ‘drinking and driving’ and speed. Add the the ‘young and stooopid factor’ and you get trouble. In this youtube video a young kid is performing stunts on the hwy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0NEnJxkiKw. Yeah, you look good. I got a call last week from a woman whose son did something like this and a car popped out of nowhere and Mr. Stunt Driver lost control of the motorcycle and was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident. Check this video out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YGpWGkp9Ck&feature=related – he didn’t look so hot. Thank God he is okay.
The next video is something else. This kid is on his motorcycle and reclining back as if on a Lazy Boy chair. He’s texting while he is driving his motorcycle and steering with his feet. This is a crazy thing to do on a motorcycle.
If this video is not a cry for legislation demanding motorcycle safety classes before licensing then I don’t know what is. Number one rule when riding in a pack of motorcycles – don’t hit the motorcycle in front of you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWUUx-5DqPY&feature=related
Here are some interesting tidbits from the National Highway Traffic Administration http://www.nhtsa.gov/.
In 2008, 2,554 (47%) of all motorcycles involved in fatal motorcycle accidents collided with another motor vehicle. In 77 percent of these motorcycle accidents the motorcycle was hit in the front while only 7 percent were hit from behind.
Motorcycles are more likely to have a fatal collision with a fixed object then other types of vehicles. 25 percent of fatal crashes involving motorcycles in 2008 hit a fixed object.
There were 2,387 fatal motorcycle accidents in 2008 that involved another vehicle. In 41 percent of these fatal motorcycle accidents the other vehicle was turning left while the biker was going straight, passing or overtaking the vehicle.
The info from the NHTSA web site in regards to alcohol and motorcycle accidents show that it is not just the young that can have errors in judgment.
In fatal crashes in 2008 a higher percentage of motorcycle riders had blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher than any other type of motor vehicle driver. The percentages for vehicle riders involved in fatal crashes were 29 percent for motorcycles, 23 percent for passenger cars, 23 percent for light trucks, and 2 percent for large trucks.
In 2008, 30 percent of all fatally injured motorcycle riders had BAC levels of
.08 g/dL or higher. An additional 7 percent had lower alcohol levels (BAC .01 to .07 g/dL).
The percentage with BAC .08 g/dL or above was highest for fatally injured motorcycle riders among two age groups, 40–44 (41%) and 45–49 (41%) followed by the 35–39 (36%) age group.
Forty-three percent of the 2,291 motorcycle riders who died in single-vehicle crashes in 2008 had BAC levels of .08 g/dL or higher. Sixty-four percent of those killed in single-vehicle crashes on weekend nights had BACs of .08 g/dL or higher.
Many things can happen to bikers on the road. If you find yourself in an unfortunate motorcycle accident make sure you call a motorcycle lawyer. Take care on the road and see you in Sturgis, SD.