ROAD SAFETY – MOTORCYCLISTS

1/4 of all motorcycle injury and deaths are among 50 to 59-year-olds 1

OVERVIEW

Motorcyclist fatalities and hospitalizations occur most often among people aged 50 to 59-years-old—about one-quarter of all cases. However, there has been an increase in deaths among motorcyclists ages 30 to 39, 60 to 69 years, and 70 years and over.2

Over the past ten years, motorcyclist fatalities and hospitalizations have occurred increasingly more often among males (91.1% for fatalities; 86% for hospitalizations). Fatalities commonly occurred on weekends (23.5% Saturday; 17.6% Sunday), and occurred year-round, mostly between late spring and early autumn and peaking in July. Seventy percent of motorcyclist fatalities occurred between June and September.

Risk Factors

  • Speed
  • Inattentive drivers
  • Driver error/confusion
  • Alcohol
  • Wild animals
  • Failing to yield to right of way
  • Improper turning
  • Following too closely
  • Size and capacity of motorcycles that permit driving at high speeds

Older riders may be at increased risk of injury because they:

  • Are more likely to use higher-powered motorcycles
  • Have less experience riding motorcycles either as new or returning riders
  • Are more likely to experience a decline in physical and cognitive abilities, and may be unaware of these deficits

 

Motorcycle injuries and deaths occur more often on weekends and in warm weather (June to September) 1

PREVENTION 3, 4

  • Wear a helmet: Your helmet should meet recognized safety standards.
  • Don the gear: Wear an inflatable air jacket and good protective clothing.
  • Be mindful of the rules: Drive according to posted speed limits and road conditions. Brush up on BC’s helmet and seating laws.
  • Mind the brakes: Choose a ride with an anti-lock braking system (ABS). ABS can reduce your risk of being in a fatal crash.
  • Brush up on your skills: Practice emergency maneuvers and obstacle avoidance. Be familiar with your bike and how it handles.
  • Communicate your behaviour: Signal your intentions to other road users.
  • Know how a passenger changes the ride: A passenger adds extra weight to the bike and you will have to adjust your movement.

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1. BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit (2020). Injury Insight: Motorcycle Injuries in BC. Available from: https://www.injuryresearch.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Injury-Insights-Motorcycle-Injuries-in-BC-May-2020.pdf

2. BC Coroners Service Report: Motorcyclist Deaths 2009 – 2018 (2019). Available from: https://bit.ly/2YEWf9i https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/birth-adoption-death-marriage-and-divorce/deaths/coroners-service/statistical/mvi-motorcyclist.pdf

3. ICBC. Motorcycle Safety. Available from: https://www.icbc.com/road-safety/sharing/motorcycle-safety/Pages/Default.aspx

4. ICBC. (2019). ​Motorcycle safety tips for new and experienced riders. Available from: https://www.icbc.com/about-icbc/newsroom/Pages/2019-jun12-motorcycle-safety-tips.aspx