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May 20th, 2014
Motorcycles — Dangerously Vulnerable Vehicles

There isn’t a vehicle around that doesn’t reveal the personality of the owner more than motorcycles. They look unique and how they’re driven is unique, so there’s plenty of opportunity for bike owners to express themselves while riding our roadways. Riders love the feeling of freedom.

I’m sure you’re aware that some motorcyclists are careful when they’re riding while others throw caution to the wind. Obviously when you’re riding on a small machine you have no protection in an accident. This is the key factor in the higher death rate among motorcyclists and their passengers. This makes speeding and careless driving even more of a threat to their well-being.

Training for motorcyclists is a great idea because it reduces the likelihood of you not knowing how to handle a dangerous situation on the roads. You need to be clear-headed and possess good foresight because an accident with automobiles and trucks is almost certainly to come out bad.

We know there are motorcyclists who use their bikes carelessly through news reports:

Motorcycle rider seriously hurt in Whitby crash

DurhamRegion.com. WHITBY — A motorcycle rider is in serious condition after a collision with a van Thursday afternoon in Whitby. Durham police say alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, at the intersection of Rossland Road and Anderson Street shortly after 4 p.m.

Cops said the rider, a 48-year-old Ajax man, was westbound on Rossland when his Harley Davidson collided with a van that was turning north on Anderson. The rider suffered life-threatening injuries.

Motorcycle driver nearly doubles speed limit as six-year-old rides on back

CTV News Story. Guelph. A Guelph man has been handed a fine and demerit points after allegedly being caught driving his motorcycle as just under double the speed limit. A six-year-old girl – the daughter of the driver – was riding on the back of the vehicle. Officers had clocked the motorcycle at 99 km/h, while the speed limit on that part of Watson is 50 km/h. As it was, the 34-year-old driver was fined $359 and four demerit points.

Motorcycle crash

Found on mynews.ctvnews.ca | CTV News

The highways are dangerous for anyone. If you’re caught speeding or doing stunt driving such as high speed lane changes through congested traffic or riding between cars or on the shoulder, it really signifies that you are a high risk to insure.

See these accident reports from 2011 and remember that motorcycles are only on the road at most ½ of the year in Ontario. And there are far fewer motorcycles than cars and trucks. So the stats don’t really tell the story of how lethal motorcycle riding can be. These are just the fatalities. The injuries sustained are yet another matter. The costs of recovery and rehab are staggering.

There are a number of motorcycle training providers in our region: See The Rider Training InstituteLearning Curves, and here’s a whole list provided by MTO.

It could be that safety in riding motorcycles comes simply from being cautious and knowing where it is dangerous. Take care and please don’t risk your passenger’s life.

Do you feel dangerous drivingtexting and driving and speeding are a big issue? Find out what the most common driving infractions are and what the penalty is for running a red light. Are you unhappy with your current auto policy? Why not get a quote from Cornell. Our professionals are ready to help you get the insurance coverage you want.

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