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The biggest killer of motorcyclists

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To summarize. The three deaths below in Lincoln Nebraska were caused by left turning drivers violating motorcyclist right of way. The 1981 Hurt report had cited this as the most common cause of the most common type of motorcycle accident, collision with another vehicle. It seems that little has changed.

Bottom line: We talk a lot about driving defensively, but if you don't have a plan for surviving potential left turning drivers at an intersection or a vehicle planning to turn left off the roadway into your path other than hoping for the best, you're running a terrible risk of becoming a statistic. This MUST be an active safety action by the cyclist, it CANNOT be left to chance.

My own solution has always been to

Slow down- Reduce speed to the point where you can survive an impact.
Try to make eye contact with the driver- then proceed with extreme caution at a speed that gives you time to respond or reduces the consequences of a crash.
Cover the Brakes- and have a plan

Curious to hear how others manage this high-risk situation.

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Reference: The Hurt Report, 1981
Article source: The Hurt Study Summary - webBikeWorld

  1. Approximately three-fourths of these motorcycle accidents involved collision with another vehicle, which was most usually a passenger automobile

  2. In the multiple vehicle accidents, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcycle right-of-way and caused the accident in two-thirds of those accidents.

  3. Deliberate hostile action by a motorist against a motorcycle rider is a rare accident cause. The most frequent accident configuration is the motorcycle proceeding straight then the automobile makes a left turn in front of the oncoming motorcycle.
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I will do a little swerving back and forth to make sure I've got their attention and sometimes flash the headlight a few times. On 4 lane roads, at an intersection, if I can I will ride beside another 4 wheeler through the intersection, but you got to watch and make sure the 4 wheeler you are riding next to knows you're there.

Actually had an elderly lady actually in a Buick turn left in front of me once, at a 4 lane intersection. Fortunately she stopped and all I got was a lesson. It was also the first time I locked up the front wheel on a Goldwing and saved it.
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Colorado Springs is one of the few cities I have spent time in and really liked. I can see why it would be a magnet for motorcyclists with Pike's Peak and Garden of the Gods so close by, and a great place to stay with a nice scenic ride out to Cripple Creek if you'd like to make a little wager.
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More traffic laws won't change anything. I think there needs to be more rigorous drivers training to get licence, add motorcycle awareness to cirriculum and higher passing standards for everyone. And perhaps tiered licensing for motobikes like in many other countries.
Unfortunately setting higher standards for anything, doesn't seem to be a priority for anything in this country.
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I'm slow. It took me a while to figure out what has offended you. I was thinking about something I saw on TV a few days ago concerning our education system. How our students are not being provided with the best education for their future.

I apologize for any misunderstanding.
Oh, okay. Maybe I'm not as "special" as I thought I was. :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO:
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