The new statistics for vehicle accidents were released a few days ago and the roads are getting safer for all vehicles except motorcycles. Vehicle fatalities declined for all vehicle types except motorcycles which increased. Everyone has their own idea of why fatalities increased, but until an actual study is conducted we won’t know for sure. The MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) is calling for a Motorcycle Crash Causation study to investigate.
MSF President Tim Buche reiterated that, “We hope that this new field research, the first definitive crash causation study to be done in the United States in almost 30 years, will shed new light on the causes of crashes on our nation’s highways. Knowledge gained from this study may help all of us concerned with rider safety to develop even more effective countermeasures to enhance the safety of motorcyclists everywhere. But we won’t know until the study, which will be a long and thorough process, has been conducted.
Everyone who rides knows the dangers of oblivious drivers turning into their path but far too many single vehicle accidents show no one to blame except the rider. The results of the study should be interesting.
In the mean time, go through the MSF rider training if you haven’t already done so, it’s a good basis for safe riding and may show you a few things you don’t already know. You might also unlearn a few bad habits. Keep your eyes open and your brain engaged.