Stereotypes Of Motorcycle Identification Research

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Studies show that motorcycle accident deaths are primarily (56 percent) from a crash involving a motorcyclist and a vehicle—a car, pickup, truck or bus. Seventy-eight percent of the time, the vehicle strikes the motorcyclist from the front, while cars hit the back of a motorcycle only 5 percent of the time. A significant percentage of these accidents are the fault of the vehicle driver, primarily because the driver failed to see the motorcyclist. Many drivers of the automobiles either truly don’t understand the unique qualities of motorcycles or simply don’t bother to even try. Obviously, motorcycles are much more difficult to see than cars, howeverthis does not excuse negligence on the part of the auto drivers, who can cause a serious or …show more content…

In truth, many of those who routinely use motorcycles as their mode of transportation are as far from the tough biker gang-member stereotype as could be. Often they are professionals, such as doctors and lawyers, or students seeking to lessen their impact on the environment and save money on gas. Yet many people still see the motorcyclist as a risk-taker, therefore a jury may view the injured cyclist as irresponsible and reckless no matter who caused the accident. When Motorcycle Accidents are Fatal Motorcycle accidents are much more likely to result in serious injuries or fatalities to the motorcyclist simply from the lack of protection. Nearly 35 times more deaths occur from motorcycle accidents than car accidents because the motorcycle rider does not have the benefit of a metal cage around him. The motorcyclist is entirely vulnerable when a large metal object—such as a car—slams into his unprotected body, and head injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, internal injuries and serious road rash are the

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