Motorcycle crashes frequently involve a combination of high-risk behaviors by motorcyclists or motorists. These behaviors include riding or driving without a valid license or endorsement or while under the influence of alcohol, deciding not to use a safety device such as a helmet or safety belt, or speeding. Unfortunately, these factors frequently occur in combination with one another.

There is a common belief throughout the motorcycle community that motorcycle crashes are caused by careless motorists who either drive while texting or simply do not pay attention to the road. Considering only multi-vehicle crashes that involve motorcycles and other vehicles, motorists are at fault in 60% of crashes; however, when evaluating all crashes (multi-vehicle and single-vehicle), research indicates that motorcyclists are at fault 62% of the time.

There are inherent risks when riding a motorcycle, and motorcyclists accept these risks when riding. Motorcyclists also have a duty to exercise good judgment and ride responsibly. Motorcyclists who manage risk well are those who have the knowledge, skills, attitude, values, and habits to be responsible riders.

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