Traffic Safety in Alberta
Live to Ride, Ride to Live.
Drivers play a large role in motorcycle safety. On a motorcycle, a
rider is vulnerable. Be aware of motorcyclists on the road and give
them the space they need.
Motorcycle riders need to concentrate on the road and make sure
other drivers see them.
Fact to Know
3,323 motorcycles were involved
in casualty collisions. These collisions resulted in 153 deaths
and 3,440 injuries (2010-2014).
Motorcycles are less stable and
less visible than cars and often have high performance
Two-fifths (42 per cent) of
motorcyclists involved in casualty collisions committed an
improper action. More than half of these errors were running off
the road or following too closely (2010 - 2014).
Almost one-fifth of
motorcyclists involved in casualty collisions were travelling at
a speed too fast for the given conditions. In fatal collisions,
nearly half of motorcyclists were travelling at unsafe speeds
(2010 - 2014).
When motorcycles crash, their
riders lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle and therefore
are more likely to be injured or killed.
More than two-thirds of
collisions involving a motorcycle resulted in death or injury.
This compares to approximately one in 10 for all collisions.
Head injury is a leading cause
of death in motorcycle collisions. A rider with a helmet is 37
per cent less likely to die than without one.
The younger the motorcyclist,
the higher the collision rate. Motorcycle riders age 16 to 17
years had the highest involvement rate per 1,000 licensed
What Motorcyclists Can Do
Always ride at a speed
appropriate for the conditions which allows you to maintain
control and react to other vehicles in a timely manner.
Take a motorcycle training
course, especially if you are new or returning to riding.
Protect yourself with the right
gear and an approved motorcycle helmet and ensure that any
passengers are also properly equipped and protected.
Make yourself visible by wearing
light coloured and reflective clothing.
What Other Drivers Can Do
The most common error that other
drivers make in casualty collisions with motorcycles is turning
left across the path of the motorcycle. Share the road – look
twice for motorcyclists at intersections and when changing
Never underestimate the speed of
a motorcycle. Their smaller size makes their speed deceptive.
Allow extra space between your vehicle and motorcycles as they
can stop very quickly.
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July 06, 2016