Do Motorcycle Safety Courses Reduce the Likelihood of a Crash?

April 3, 2010 by  
Filed under Safety

Motorcycle Safety Courses do not Reduce AccidentsWell if you take a recent safety study done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as fact, then the answer would be no. Their data shows that requiring young riders to take safety courses will not reduce the chances of a crash.

According to the research group, riders younger than 21 that live in states where a rider training course is required have insurance collision claims that are 10% higher than those who live in states where training courses are optional. The study goes against a long-held belief that motorcycle training courses reduces accidents.

In the same study the group also determined that those riding a bike with anti-lock brakes are 37% less likely to be involved in a fatal crash.

I am sure there will be a lot of disagreement with the study about the effectiveness of rider training courses when it comes to accident prevention. Does it fall under the lies, damned lies, and statistics argument?

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Source [WSJ Blog]

Arizona Officials say it’s the worst motorcycle crash they have ever seen.

March 27, 2010 by  
Filed under Safety

Arizona Motorcycle Crash3 Arizonans and 1 Louisianan were killed in one of the worst Motorcycle Accidents ever seen by Arizona Safety Officials.  The accident happened last Thursday when a dump truck driven by Michael J. Jakscht slammed into a group of riders that were stopped at a red light in north Phoenix.  Five other riders were also injured in the crash.

The driver Michael J. Jakscht, 46 years old, received minor injuries from the accident and showed no signs of impairment afterwards.  Early reports indicate Jakscht was eastbound on Carefree Highway when he failed to control his speed and collided with the rear of the eight motorcycles and four other vehicles.

Local newspapers are claiming Jakscht currently has two pending speeding tickets, both issued this month.

The American Motorcyclist Association also released a statement that read, ‘The AMA expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims in Thursday’s large motorcycle crash in Phoenix,’ noting they ‘remained concerned about incident and are looking into the circumstances surrounding this tragedy.’

Buy a Used Motorcycle sends our thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims. We also wish a speedy recovery to the riders who sustained injuries from the accident.

You can read the entire story at Clutch and Chrome.

Source [Clutch and Chrome]

Getting a motorcycle license may get tougher in British Columbia

March 22, 2010 by  
Filed under Legislation, Safety

It looks like motorcycle riders will have to work a little harder to get their license in British Columbia.  The British Columbia Coroners Service is recommending that the B.C. government  change the rules when it comes to licensing motorcycle riders. They are making the recommended changes due to rise in motorcycle deaths.

Here are the changes being recommended:

  • Establish a graduated-licence program for new riders.
  • Require mandatory industry certification for all motorcycle helmets.
  • Implement a zero-tolerance blood-alcohol policy for new riders.
  • Issue a different-coloured licence plate to motorcyclists who hold a learner’s licence.
  • Re-evaluate existing standards for training schools and instructor certification.
  • Expand the scope of coroner’s investigations involving motorcycle deaths to include more data and compile it in a specific section for better analysis in the future.

There were 286 motorcycle-related deaths on B.C. roads between 2000 and 2007.

Source [CBC News, Read Entire Story]

Myrtle Beach Helmet Law argued in the South Carolina Supreme Court.

February 5, 2010 by  
Filed under Helmet Laws, Safety

Back in 2008, in an effort to rid Myrtle Beach of motorcycle rallies, officials in the city enacted a law requiring motorcycle riders to wear a helmet within the city limits. Well, there are 50 people who had been ticketed for helmet infractions that believe the Myrtle Beach law violates the State’s Constitution, which allows anyone over the age of 21 to choose whether or not to ride with a helmet. Their attorney, Tom McGrath of the Motorcycle Law Group, is now arguing on behalf of the ticked riders.

It’s anyone’s guess on how the Supreme Court Justices will rule on this case, but the riders may have a friend in Justice Don Beatty. Justice Beatty questioned the motives of the law by making the following statement.

“I realize the issue is narrow here, but don’t pretend like we don’t know what’s going on,” Beatty said to Myrtle Beach attorney Mike Battle. “We read. We all know why the city [passed the rally ordinances].”

The justices won’t likely rule in the case for at least a few more months.

Source: [The Palmetto Scoop]