Are younger generation's choices causing more motorcycle crashes?

Posted on in Motorcycle Accidents

It is natural for people to want to place blame in response to an accident. To some extent, it is important to do so. When it comes to motorcycle safety, the danger is that the public tends to prematurely place blame on motorcyclists.

A recent report related to motorcycle accidents in California takes a somewhat different perspective on the motorcycle danger theory. Researchers suggest that it is "Generation Y" that is making for more motorcycle crashes in the state. The following are some of the researchers' traffic safety points:

  • Relatively younger drivers (those born between the 1980s and 2000s) are choosing motorcycles as their mode of transportation.
  • More drivers are using cell phones behind the wheels of their vehicles and too distracted to drive safely.

Those trends combined mean that there are more distracted drivers on the road and also more motorcycles on California roads. At the same time, those realities put riders at risk of getting into an accident. A distracted driver is not likely to see a motorcycle, thereby causing an accident.

Statistics show that more than one-third of fatal motorcycle accidents in California are the fault of standard drivers. So, sure, sometimes it is motorcyclists' behavior that leads to a crash, but certainly not always. Drivers tend to cause crashes by making illegal turns in front of motorcycles, failing to signal a lane change and driving while distracted.

California accident reports suggest that the state is on pace for an increase in motorcycle accidents in 2013.

Source: The Press-Enterprise, "INLAND: More motorcycles on road requires more safety," Brian Rokos, March 27, 2013

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