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Are motorcyclists at a higher risk on the roads?

The way drivers interact on the roads makes a big difference in how many people get home safely. There are certain groups of motor vehicle drivers who are more likely to be hurt or killed when other drivers aren't obeying the rules of the road. These are most commonly motorcyclists, who have fewer protections against injuries caused when they crash with another vehicle.

The leading causes of motorcyclist deaths are still losing control, driver inattention, and failing to yield, but evidence has shown that in the collisions that took place in 2015, over half the motorcyclists and their passengers who died weren't responsible for the accidents. What that means is that drivers and motorcyclists need to learn better ways to share the roads to prevent these accidents in the future.

Motorcyclists must drive defensively to protect themselves on the roads. If they aren't watching the road carefully, other drivers who make mistakes may impact them. Motorcyclists should never tailgate. Drivers should not drink and drive, as motorcyclist passengers are more likely to suffer serious injuries or be fatally wounded if they're riding with an intoxicated driver.

As a motorcyclist, knowing that you have to work harder to stay safe on the roads can be frustrating. It's important that you take the time to educate yourself on how other drivers react to you on the roads and make sure you're defensive when you're on the roads. Other people's mistakes are more likely to cause injuries to you and your passengers than you are to cause injuries to them on the roads.

 

Source: Erie Media, "Driver behaviour on and off Ontario roads needs to change," May 17, 2016

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