Motorcycle crashes frequently involve a combination of high-risk behaviors by the motorcyclist or the motorist. Such behaviors may include riding or driving without a valid license or endorsement, or while under the influence of alcohol, or 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 seems to be a common belief throughout the motorcycle community that motorcycle crashes are caused by a careless motorist either driving while texting or simply not paying attention to the road. If you were to only consider multi-vehicle crashes, which involve a motorcycle vs another vehicle, motorists are at fault in 60% of the crashes. But motorcycle crashes do not always involve a motorcycle vs another vehicle. When evaluating all crashes (multi-vehicle and single-vehicle) research indicates that motorcyclists are at fault 62% of the time.
We know 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. And a motorcyclist who manages risk well is one that has the knowledge, skills, attitude, values, and habits to be a responsible rider.
Ride Smart Florida suggests these five “SMART” strategies to help you be a safe and responsible rider: