Motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to experience a deadly accident on the road than those in passenger cars. In 2006, 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in highway accidents alone. In 2006, 4,810 motorcyclists were killed in road accidents.
11 percent of all roadway accidents that occur in the United States involve motorcycles. Head injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes. A motorcyclist not wearing a helmet is 40 percent more likely to die of a head injury than one who wears a helmet. A motorcyclist not wearing a helmet is 15 percent more likely to suffer a nonfatal injury than one who wears a helmet. It is estimated that helmets reduce the likelihood of a crash fatality by 37 percent. In 2007, a total of 7.1 million motorcycles were registered in the U.S. Advantages over a car
Cheaper to run
Motorcycles usually use less half the petrol a car would. A motorcycle saves money you would otherwise burn up in smoke. It also saves your country money, as if a more people rode motorcycles, our dependence on foreign oil would reduce. Motorcycle riders are leaders in conservation. Easier to repair
Motorcycles are easier to repair. Firstly the engine is more accessible. You go to the bike, pull off a side cover or seat, and there is the engine. Secondly, there is less to maintain, e.g. two wheels not four. In many ways, a motorcycle is only half a car. If your costs for routine maintenance are not less than for a car, consider a new garage. Finally, many repairs you can do yourself, like changing spark plugs or fitting a new battery. Easier to park
Motorcycles are easier to park than cars. People who take half an hour to get to work, may take just as long to find a park. What if you could ride right up to your building, get off, and walk in? For most motorcycle riders this is the case. A bike parks in a third of the space of a car, so you can angle park a hundred bikes where only 30 cars will fit. Even in the busiest of places, there is usually a spot to park a bike. Harder to tow
Being towed is a reality of life (along with death and taxes). If you are the wrong place at the wrong time you will be towed. For cars, they just lift the front or back, and tow it off. Towing a big bike is little more difficult. They can't just drag it away. It must be winched onto a trailer, and then carted off. If you chain the bike to a fixture, like lamppost, it is even more difficult to tow, as the chain must be cut. Towing a bike can be a drag. However it is not impossible, so be careful. Can stop anywhere
The ability to pull over anytime is a real bonus. Imagine cruising a big city on a bike, and you get lost. On a bike you can pull over anytime, look around, read road signs and check map directions. In a car, stopping in a city will usually block the traffic flow. When a bike pulls over, traffic flows around it, but in a car, the traffic flow forces you on, even in directions you don’t want to go! Sometimes people end up miles from where they want to be, simply because they could not stop and review their situation. Even on narrow city streets, a motorcycle can pull onto the sidewalk, for a brief “reconnaissance”. Riders can stop and look around, when a car must press on. This is great for sightseeing and looking around new places. More flexible in traffic
It is a terrible feeling of helplessness, being in a stationary line of cars with some block up ahead. Maybe someone had a crash. In a car, you have to wait, however long it takes. You dont even know how many miles the line stretches ahead. However in jams, a motorcycle can usually wend its way forward, which is why traffic police in many cities have returned to using motorcycles, some after not using them for many years. A motorcycle needs only half the space of a car to move
Traffic flexibility is why many cities are bringing back motorcycle police - they can go where cars cant. A motorcycle needs only half the space of a car to move. Another city...
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