Many of the studies on motorcycle safety and motorcycle crash statistics are often criticized by riders groups as biased. Well, a group that actually cares about riding and motorcyclists’ safety is conducting perhaps the most impressive — and meaningful — study on the subject to date. That group is the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, headquartered in Irvine ( Orange County), California. The MSF promotes safety through rider training and education, operator licensing tests and public information programs.
If you’re a biker and you’re not familiar with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, you should be. As motorcycle accidents lawyers, we are big fans of the hardworking men and women at the MSF. They are on the front lines, teaching proper riding techniques and doing work that saves countless riders’ lives every year. We applaud the MSF’s efforts to promote motorcycle safety, and strongly urge that every motorcycle rider, young or old, take a motorcycle safety course. It could save your life.
The groundbreaking study, entitled “The MSF 100 Motorcyclists Naturalistic Study,” will provide information on the following motorcycle accident causes and factors:
- The motorcycle rider’s behavior over a relatively long period of time in the rider’s everyday environment;
- What happens to a motorcycle rider’s skills and decision-making over time – in the minutes, days, weeks, and months prior to the crash, not just at the moment of critical impact;
- The sequence of events and factors in the instants prior to the crash;
- Differences between successful and unsuccessful evasive maneuvers to avoid motorcycle accident;
- How the motorcycle rider interacts with adjacent vehicles;
- Various aspects of the motorcycle’s movement.