while I am on my high horse, lets take a look at some of the HURT report findings:
- Approximately three-fourths of these motorcycle accidents involved collision with another vehicle, which was most often a passenger automobile. (the remaining 25% are single vehicle crashes)
- Of those 75% of multiple vehicle accidents, 2/3's of those accidents were caused by the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcycle right-of-way and caused the accident
(which equals car driver's fault)
Additionally: The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of motorcycle accidents. The driver of the other vehicle involved in collision with the motorcycle did not see the motorcycle before the collision, or did not see the motorcycle until too late to avoid the collision. (read that as: keep your eyes open and on the road and other hazards not on the phone, the radio, the kids, the newspaper etc and if your view is obstructed BE EVEN MORE CAREFUL...if you can't see them, they sure as heck can't see you see conclusion #12 : The view of the motorcycle or the other vehicle involved in the accident is limited by glare or obstructed by other vehicles in almost half of the multiple vehicle accidents.)
- The median speed of motorcycle accidents is 21.5 mph (even shaving a a bit more speed can save lives), less and .1% of crashes involve the speeds of 86mph
- The use of heavy boots, jacket, gloves, etc., is effective in preventing or reducing abrasions and lacerations, which are frequent but rarely severe injuries.
as to stryker's comment about t-bone accidents: they happen quite often:
Originally Posted by Hurt Report
The most frequent accident configuration is the motorcycle proceeding straight then the automobile makes a left turn in front of the oncoming motorcycle.
there are more conclusions feel free to read them here: