Motorcycle riding is one of the most pleasuring things for mankind. But, so is car driving! Now the question is: which is more dangerous – motorcycle or car? This is the question that everyone asked at some point in life. This argument could goes in favor of cars since in driving car, one is strapped into the vehicle which is designed for maximum protection. However in case of motorcycle, one has least protection with a very little structural protection of the vehicle. Even then this protection will be flung lose at high speed. That explains why so many crash stats are in favor of car driving while motorcycle riding is prone to crash.
So, in terms of safety argument, motorcycle riding is more dangerous than car driving. But, we know you didn’t come here to listen what people thinks. What you are looking for is information, a lot of information, isn’t that right?
As you know that wearing safety motorcycle helmets and proper safety riding gear is strongly recommendable while riding a motorcycle. This improves the chances of survival when one is riding a motorcycle.
Even so, compared with car driving, motorcycle riders are exposed to a much higher risk of dying in a crash. According to the U.S. government data 2013, the number of motorcycle-related deaths was 26 times the number of car-related deaths, for every mile travelled that year. The next year in 2014, these statistics come to 27 times more deaths on a motorcycle than in a car, according to June 2016 Crash Stats published by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).
However, in a 2015 report, it was noted that for per 100 million miles (160 million kilometers) traveled, cars had a 0.89 passenger’s fatality rate while motorcycles had a 25.38 rider’s fatality rate. You know what that means, it means, 4,976 motorcyclists died and 88,000 experienced fatal injuries came from riding motorcycles in 2015.
From the above stats, we can say that cars and motorcycles share similarities:
- Both drive on the same roads,
- Both have powerful accelerations,
But, motorcycles have some key differences that made them inherently more dangerous than cars. So yes, motorcycle riding is more dangerous and riskier than car driving. One key difference between both is the body. A car is more like steel cage where you are protected from all ends and strapped with a safety seat belt whereas in motorcycle you have only two tires with so called ‘protection’. To mitigate those risks we ‘riders’ wear safety helmets, riding jackets, pants, and other safety riding gear.
Out of all motorcycle safety riding gear, helmet is the most important one. Not only it protects you from several head injuries but also protect you from strong wind, and debris, dust particles mixed in the air. In 2015 alone, a helmet saved nearly 1,772 lives. This no. could have gone higher if the others had been wearing motorcycle helmet, according to Crash Stats.
Despite this some motorcyclists are irresponsible and give least importance to the safety, riding rules & regulations.
A motorcycle rider should be more responsible and attentive to the road because of huge exposure. For a car driver, a motorcyclist is practically invisible and they are more likely to be hit by car or truck drivers.
And if we talk about the death rates, then you need to understand that a car driver has an advantage of sitting in a steel cage while a motorcycle rider is full exposed and any mistake could be catastrophic for the rider. There isn’t much in a motorcycle which can protect rider in case of crash. If you knocked off the motorcycle there, then you will going to hurt.
Meanwhile, many automotive manufacturers develop new technologies to make cars much safer however the motorcycle manufacturers have a fewer options. The only change you can see in a motorcycle is in its features: mirrors, engine, design, air bags and headlights etc. But, none of these features can help you avoid crash.
The accident levels are also different with motorcycles. For example, the super sport motorcycles which are especially designed for consumers have a four times death rate than cruisers and standard motorcycles. And the sports bikes have two times death rate than of cruisers and standards.
So, the logical answer is: Yes, the motorcycle riding is more dangerous than car driving. But, it can be avoided if one is taking necessary precautions and using complete riding gear while riding motorcycle. Motorcycle riders don’t have the restrictions like car drivers who have limited visibility. On top of that motorcycles are smaller which made it easy to avoid traffic problems. There is a science behind riding safely and comfortably.
Make sure you have the proper information and right riding gear!
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