In response to my car article many of you asked, what about motorcycles ? Well, OK I’ve owned14 0f them over the years. Two were drag racing bikes and a various assortment of other bikes.
You know I love statistics so here goes…. There are 8,437,000 registered motorcycles in the U S. There were 4,957 motorcycle deaths in 2012. 33% of deaths were alcohol related – that’s one in three by the way. In 40% of the deaths, the person wasn’t wearing a helmet. Your odds of dying are 35 times higher on a motorcycle than in a car. 38% of motorcyclists were killed by cars turning left. Forty-two years old was the average death age of a motorcycle rider. Appalling, alarming, shocking!
Then I found 13 things more deadly than motorcycle crashes:
- 25,692 deaths from alcohol poisoning
- 440,000 deaths related to tobacco use
- 48,614 deaths from the flu
- 7,247 deaths using the phone while driving
- 25,000 deaths from falling
- 39,000 deaths from poisons and prescription drugs
- 49,000 deaths from second-hand smoke
- 31,940 deaths from guns
- 98,000 deaths from medical errors in hospitals
- 20,000 deaths during sex
- 17,000 deaths from drug over-doses
- 400,000 deaths related to being over-weight
- 9,000 deaths occurring in the bathroom
How about that?
Maybe, motorcycles weren’t as dangerous as some of you thought.… What a way to go – doing something you love.