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           Crash Causation Study Section

Confucius said that to ride in hope is better than to arrive. We agree, riding is very good, but there is a value in arriving in one piece. Motorcycles are not safe. Bikers are risk takers. We like it this way.

Old wooden bike

Smart risk takers improve their odds of survival by training, skills development and having good strategies. All of these require good information. The problem is that the state of research on what actually causes motorcycle accidents is pretty woeful right now.

The current study by Harry Hurt in 1981 is almost thirty years old. It was groundbreaking and helped reduce biker fatalities in the following 15 years. But things have changed, and Hurt's strategies are no longer optimal. One legacy of Hurt is that it encourages a victim mentality in bikers, not appropriate as bikers are probably now the major causes of crashes.

There's a new crash causation study just starting, and there are already problems with that. Funding and finance control issues have caused the study to be gutted to a third of the size needed, and if that is not fixed, it will be a sham. We have a petition to the new Crash Causation Study stakeholders.

           

While the professionals work on the new study, which will hopefully be fixed and provide definitive answers, Bikesafer.com attempts to fill the void with our selection of the very large body of information that is out there. dork alert

We pulled together hundreds of the best links we could find, and organized them into what we call the 'risk hierarchy'. It's straightforward, so you'll find what you're looking for easily. You can step through the site and treat it like a handy on-line safety guide, or just browse for goodies in our links section.

The next section is Riding Safer, or use the 'Riding Safer' dropdown in the menu bar. If you want text links rather than the menu, they're in the sitemap  and the text menu block near the top of the page. Our links section is broken out according to the risk hierarchy also. Everything is hooked up.

Most of the information on this site is available elsewhere but we do have a few features of our own, like the video demo on the conspicuity page, and our training features. We're adding original new content and links all the time.

Like all good things about cycles, this is a ride not a destination. We welcome your comments, via the blog or contact page. Send us your accident story or useful tips. We also have some ready-made content for webmasters and forum moderators who want to keep their safety sections topical and updated, see the mailing list subscribe page.

We say that safety is essential to the fun of riding.  There's no such thing as a bad day's ride, unless you have to go to the emergency room, or to a riding buddy’s funeral.  

5,290 of our brothers and sisters died in 2008.  Now Read On... and ride a little bit safer today.