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Traffic Safety in Alberta 

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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 capabilities.

  • 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 motorcyclists (2014).

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 lanes.

  • 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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Last Updated July 06, 2016