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A recent article from 680 news shared Toronto Police Service’s message about their concern for motorcycle riders’ safety. So far, there have been 2 fatal motor vehicle accidents involving motorcyclists and Toronto police want drivers of other vehicles to pay close attention when making any type of turn or lane changes.
Consider that motorcyclists do not have airbags or the frame of a car or truck to protect them. Injuries caused by accidents can be severe and life-threatening.
According to the Road Safety In Canada 2011 report from Transport Canada, motorcyclists fall into the category of “vulnerable road users” as “they are vulnerable by virtue of their lack of protection if struck by a vehicle”. In total, vulnerable road users equate to approximately 25% of traffic fatalities in Canada. According to this report, 38% of fatalities involved motorcyclists speeding prior to the collision and 33% had been impaired due to alcohol prior to the crash. The report suggests that provinces that offer graduated drive license programs, including Ontario should offer a more comprehensive exit test where the focus of the test, suggested to be conducted on a simulator could be detecting danger and avoidance techniques.
According to Transport Canada’s Canada Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics: 2015 report, the number of motorcyclist fatalities has increased from 175 in 2011 to 2000 in 2015. The percentage of motorcycle fatalities increased from 8.7% in 2011 to 10.8% in 2015.
In previous posts, we have provided some safety tips for motorcycle riders and for drivers.
Important safety tips for motorcyclists include:
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