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Apr 25, 2013 10:27AM
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......as a motorcyclist, with many years of riding behind me .. I see the number one threat to a biker , in the past few years... ARE PEOPLE ON CELL PHONES.
Apr 25, 2013 10:05AM
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To prevent the deaths it needs to be the people in the cars to pay better attention when on the road My husband was hit by an 88 year old women who kept on going after she hit him. He is also an over the road truck driver and it is the people in cars who cause the most problems on the road they pull in front of him stay by his side won't pass he see's people texing in there cars watching tv and a bunch of other stuff this is while he is in his big truck We need to better educate people driving in the cars
Apr 25, 2013 10:23AM
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My husband and I were hit last year as well, thank God we lived, but I agree totally with Steven. The young people on the roads are doing everything BUT driving! They text, talk watch tv, play on computers all while wielding a 2000 lb vehicle. We motorcyclists are not the problem!~ Tougher laws for texting, using smartphones and speeding should be addressed.
Apr 25, 2013 11:18AM
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As the number of people using their cell phones, while driving, to make calls, and to text, increases, the number of motorcycle deaths will increase proportionately.  Today, each one of us will witness at least one person talking on their phone, or texting, while driving.  Pretty scary.

Apr 25, 2013 11:52AM
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Unbelievable how one could write this article and not bring up cars, and the idiots texting, talking, and surfing the web while driving!

 

Apr 25, 2013 11:36AM
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Another motorcycle rider with over 40 years of riding experience. The greatest danger I see daily on the road now is people running stop signs! Weather they be a sign or lights, mostly lights. I know the police have put up many camera's watching stop light - How many cars are running these lights. I had a driver not even slow down for the red traffic light and just drove through the light and this was AFTER the 4 second delay! Very close to hitting me! Also the large number of people driving and on cell phones, talking or texting wondering around on the road. My guess is that car accidents are also up because of the same reason! So don't blame it on the motorcycle driver, who is not wearing a helmet, go to the source of the accident who was responsible for the accident? I'll bet you will find the increase can be attributed to two things, the lack of drivers obeying current traffic laws and the lack of police enforcement of these laws.

Apr 25, 2013 12:26PM
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I think the biggest problem is gadget use while car driving.To many distracted drivers yacking on their phones and texting.
Apr 25, 2013 11:54AM
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as far as motorcycle deaths go it's a wonder there is not more . I have been riding for 40 years with only two incedents  both where drivers that blew past stop lights and stop sign.the thing I see out there is  the super bikes always zipping in and out of traffic ,side streets etc slow down don't be a stat. as far as disposable income do to a better economy well I do not know what planet your from but here in the usa it's still on the bottom ,false reports from the stock exchange or this job providing economic census bull crap get real,get your facts straight before you report or repeat from.
Apr 25, 2013 12:13PM
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Doogiebo, your probably a young driver, like most young drivers you believe you know how to handle a 2000 lb+ car driving fast. When I was at this young "I know everything" age I ran into a situation when I was driving to fas,t messing with the radio(old tech) and few through a stop signs and launched a 3000lb+ car over a ditch, through a fence and ended up a good distance into a field. I thank God there wasn't anyone at that intersection at that split second! Because that is all it takes. You probably don't even ride a motorcycle. You talk about your freedoms being infringed upon, I'm sure you must be a military veteran and know that these freedoms do not come at all free. But that someone has paid the ultimate price to allow you to have your freedom. But I also have the freedom and expectation that I can ride free and safe without having to defend myself from your dumb a** and your feeling of self.
Apr 25, 2013 11:18AM
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Just yesterday I was paased on a corner in a no passing zone by an idiot on a crotch rocket.  I don't text or use my cell phone while driving and I do keep a watch out for hazards (bikes included).  I know one bad apple can spoil the whole crate but seriously.. bikers need to get their heads out of their butts and obey the rules of the road just like everyone else!
Apr 25, 2013 11:47AM
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In a lot of states, the economy isn't improving and this is the only means of transportation people can afford. People have to realize that when they are behind the wheel, they need to pay attention, not yak on their phones, text, put on their make-up, eat, talk to their friends in the car, read, and do everything but pay attention to driving. Motorcycles can avoid many things cars and trucks can't, however, they have no chance against being hit by a car or truck. I've seen tractor/trailer drivers texting and reading and eating while they're going down the road at 80 mph.
Apr 25, 2013 12:42PM
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Yeah there a lot of riders killed each year, and a lot of them are young riders that have watched too many movies and think they are bullet proof, and can do all the insane things they see in movies and on TV. Some can, some die that's the change you take being stupid. Drinking is another problem, a couple beers and some riders think they are Evil Kanivle  again stupid. Cages, pickups, big trucks all add to the drama, not to mention deer and dogs and the guy that just cut his grass along the road and blew it all out in the highway, they stuff is slick! Throw in cell phones, texting. putting on make up making out and in at least one case she was getting undressed while driving home from work. Any one that rides has seen these things and more People are safe wrapped in your little cocoon of steel, we are not as the only thing between us and the road is some leather and helmet if your smart enough to be wearing them.

Think people, is that call that important, is that text going to save the world, is his/her hands in your pants worth killing someone and you can wait until you get home to pull your pantie hose off. It's all common sense , but maybe that's some thing we don't have much of any more

Apr 25, 2013 12:55PM
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They always blame motorcycle fatalities on the fact that the motorcyclist wasn't wearing a helmet (in states where that is allowed).  What they don't mention is, with the exception of the few morons who are asking for death, most of the accidents/fatalities are caused by other drivers not paying attention, distracted by cell conversations, or just plain aggressive driving.  Every driver ought to have had to ride a motorcycle on a busy thoroughfare for a week before being allowed to get their license...we would have a ton of better drivers.  Now...for those motorcyclists doing 110 mph in full wheelie, or standing on their seats... the Darwin awards are waiting for you.
Apr 25, 2013 1:01PM
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Been riding for over 30 years...had a few wrecks. It's not if your going to wreck, it's when...goes with the territory. I see a couple issues that may be leading to more fatals...1) Lots of new folks starting to ride with little/no experience. 2) Aging population. Older folks don't see/hear bikes as easily.....loud pipes save lives. 3) Cell phones.....can't tell you how many times I have had to dodge an idiot texting or chatting. If you hit me you will like me if I am still standing.
Apr 25, 2013 12:27PM
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I've been riding large motorbikes for over 50 years.  For States with no helmet laws, a rider should sign a waiver of life support and accept resonsibility for health care when receiving a motorcycle license.   Driver training for ALL should include a full hour at the least of awareness training. 

 

The only thing which has saved my husband and I for the last couple of years from being punted by some rude cagers is 180 decible air horns...it's fun to see someone think they have something much bigger then them headed their way in close proximity...so back at ya idiots!

Apr 25, 2013 12:42PM
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There is an easy explanation for me: Gas Prices.  I would imagine there are a lot more motorcycles on the road now than there were 10 years ago.  It used to be riding for enjoyment or take it to work on the nice days.  Now it's the daily commuter for many.
Apr 25, 2013 12:07PM
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Remember people, it's not how many years you ride. It's how many miles you ride.

 

 

Apr 25, 2013 1:09PM
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Another thing the writer did not mention is that there are more riders now because of the high cost of gasoline!  My husband bought a Harley less than two years ago, because his truck was costing over two hundred dollars a month just to drive to work.  He has been hit by negligent drivers twice, and the last time ended up in the hospital.  (The police report showed that the driver of the truck that hit him was clearly at fault.  Thank God for helmets, or he would not be alive, but with more riders on the road, drivers of other vehicles need to pay more attention and follow the rules!!  Lower the cost of gas, and we will happily go back to another form of transportation!  (BTW, we live in Houston where mass transit barely exists.)
Apr 25, 2013 1:11PM
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I realize most people don't "see" motorcycles many times, but, by the same token, anyone who rides a cycle without a helmet is crazy. Your "right" not to wear a helmet doesn't mean much when you are six feet under.
Apr 25, 2013 12:33PM
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Back to the "speeding" game again GHSA.

 

Overall US deaths are down over the last 2 decades DESPITE HIGHER SPEED LIMITS and speeds.

 

2012 was a mild winter which increased driving (and given that some people are using motorcyles instead of cars to save money, this increase is not unexpected). 

 

You have very little protection in a bike (regardless of the speed).  When a car hits a bike, the car will win even if that car is going under 30.  Cars you have a cage, a bike you have your body. 

 

By the way deaths caused by exceeding the speed limit WERE UNDER 2%  SO GHSA quit playing the speed politics you are pushing.

 

  Quote:  "Out of 2.7 million traffic accidents recorded in twenty-five states over the course of a year, only 1.6 percent were caused by drivers who exceeded the posted speed limit. "

 

Check out on motorists issues.

Apr 25, 2013 10:42AM
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As a rider for over 25+ years, I can say one thing. People are relying too much on loud pipes to save their lives than they are riding safely.  Everyone should take a motorcycle safety course before they get out on the road. Faster and cheaper motorcycles insure the increase of riders on the road. It's like anything else, with more riders come the percentages of deaths. Here in Colorado, I've seen people take incredible risks around corners in the mountains etc. Every year in spring, you see motorcycles being hauled up from over a guard rail from a tow truck.  We have abundant wildlife, small rocks and gravel on the corners still from winter...... doesn't matter. Harleys think they're made to corner in the mountains..... nope. LOL  Over the edge they go. In that it's so extremely irritating to people who live here I want to say this:

LOUD PIPES DON'T SAVE LIVES..... THEY DESTROY THE PEACE OF EVERYONE.
If you have to wear earplugs because your pipes are so loud, then you're an idiot.  
Apr 25, 2013 10:18AM
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I can see it now - more "law enforcement" designed to reduce statistics. When was it that law enforecement changed to "public safety", driven by statistics? When did we start telling our elected oficials to protect us from ourselves? Our society is being hand-cuffed by regulations driven by statistics. This is no longer the land of the free - it is now the land of bureaucratic oversight and taxation. Regulations and enforcement are all about extracting revenue from the publc. Speeding tickets are the prime example. Go after the reckless driving, and don't define that based on speed. Stop issuing tickets based solely on the fact that someone had an accident - "loss of control". Start firing the judges, and the city councils and mayors who pass and promote speeding tickets, by setting artificially low speed limits and quotas or tickets.
Apr 25, 2013 1:16PM
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How about we outlaw cars??? Many more people are killed in car crashes then on Motorcycles.. Think of the thousands we could save by just making the car drivers walk or take a bus to work..Think of the children that would be saved ,and also the fuel savings...Yes there are **** Bike riders just as there are **** cagers..Lets also outlaw dispatchers sending messages to truck drivers...I see truck drivers with a laptop sitting on the steering wheel while moving down the road...And lets get some ENGLISH speaking people back in those trucks...get the camel jockies out of them..and off our roads!!! Lets also shut cell phones down if they are moving..they already have a gps in them so it would be easy to disable them.. if moving NO TEXT MESSAGES OR PHONE SERVICE!!!!!
Jul 16, 2013 7:25PM
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Its the helmet law at its best, giving a false sense of security and increasing stupidity. Some people should not be on two wheels.
Apr 25, 2013 1:58PM
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Just last week a young guy 27 was killed by a old man  who ran a stop sign in front of the bike T BONE time, young guy? tag on the toe dead because of a idiot who was in to much of a hurry, blind or just didnt give a . What did the old man get a citation for running a stop sign. I have been riding bikes for many years  I have read this and seen this over and over IDIOTS who care whats going on with the radio than the road that old man should have been charged with vehicular homicide just like a drunk would have been negligence is negligence if they did this maybe people would pay more attention. Traffic citation yeah right 
Apr 25, 2013 1:32PM
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I live in a small city of around 70,000 people and have rode motorcycles for over 40 years. At first, the biggest danger for a motorcyclist was the dangerous way most people drive in my town. They are always switching lanes without looking or signaling, so I have to ALWAYS make sure I have ample road space around me at all times. Just yesterday another fool did this to me, and if I didn't drive so cautiously and give myself plenty of space between cars around me, I would have been another statistic. Nowadays, this has only worsened with cell phones. My City is one of the first in the nation to pass a law against the use of cell phones while driving. However, one would ever know it. All you have to do is stand on any street corner and you will see 8 out of every 10 drivers with a cell phone stuck to their ear...and this includes City employees and police officers in their government issued vehicles. So now I have to deal with double the danger. 
Apr 25, 2013 1:21PM
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Lets also get rid of the limited mileage drivers license...Many older people are limited in the number of miles they can drive away from home, such as must be within 25 miles from home... IF THEY ARE NOT SAFE DRIVING MORE THEN 25 MILES  FROM HOME THEN THEY ARE NOT SAFE WITHIN THOSE 25 MILES!!!!!
Apr 25, 2013 11:52AM
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Hard to feel sorry for the ones without a helmet and no protective clothing.
Apr 25, 2013 11:19AM
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If laws were enforced- no motorcycle  license- alot of these accidents would not occur.

Maybe having to take a riders course within so many days of purchasing a motorcycle, before a drivers license is issued?

How many of these accidents were touring bikes versus crotch rockets??

every year we hear of crotch rockets going 2-3 times speed limit in the city, then crash.

there is more to this than the story says.

Apr 25, 2013 12:58PM
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If you ride a motorcycle (especially if you do not wear a helmet) please register to become an organ donor. Over 95,000 on the kidney transplant waiting list. Thank you!
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