For me this was always an interesting thought experiment: are motorcycle accident statistics generally worse than those for cars because of the nature of riding a motorcycle or is it because of the type of people that ride them (adrenaline junkies, thrill seekers, etc.). I think there is an argument to be made for the latter particularly when you look at some of the statistics below, such as accidents caused by alcohol and speeding (taking more risks) skewed toward biking accidents. Of course, I’m not surprised that when you actually do get in an accident on a bike it is more dangerous. However I feel that given proper riding techniques and best practices, in some ways a bike can be safer because of the maneuverability and flexibility of a motorcycle vs. a car making it well equipped to deal with dangerous situations.
As always we’d love to hear any of your thoughts in the comments below and how the following infographic may tie in with your view.