I have been following my usual routine so I haven’t had much incentive to add an entry my public journal. However I did find out some interesting statistics in taking the online traffic school course I previously mentioned. Specifically motorcycle crash and fatality statistics with respect to other forms of travel. Ok all those that don’t love motorcycles (wanabes) can leave now as you cant possibly appreciate the following information. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
“Per mile traveled you are 27 times more likely to have an accident and die on a motorcycle then as a passenger or driver in a car surrounded by metal. However out of 38,000 vehicle related fatalities last year 3,300 was motorcycle fatalities and 4,700 were pedestrian and bicycle fatalities. That means 30,000 died in vehicles surrounded by metal.”
Sonot counting track days which is real fun, riding a motorcycle on the street is 27 times more fun then driving a car and safer then walking. If you are one of the very few that are a skilled rider you can appreciate and comprehend that its more then worth the statistical risk described.
Unfortunately most of these motorcycle fatalities statistics are made up of folks that don’t know how to ride a motorcycle and don’t want to take a class to learn, just experience the rush of riding and unfortunately the soon to follow crash, with the survivors usual reply to police and rescue "Duh- I didn’t know".