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Written by  April 1, 2013

A new Florida Department of Transportation study reveals that 60 percent of the time, in crashes involving another vehicle, it is the cager’s fault. In analyzing 10 years of motorcycle crashes, in addition to finding cagers more at fault in multi-vehicle crashes, 34 percent of motorcycle crashes involve one vehicle, compared to 19 percent of all single-vehicle car accidents. Many of those single-vehicle motorcycle crashes occur when bikers are navigating curves but fail to slow down.

'When you ride a motorcycle, there's a good chance you'll crash by yourself, a little higher than if you were in a car,' said Lee, who is part of FDOT's Motorcycle Safety Coalition.

When looking at really severe and fatal motorcycle crashes, 50 percent of those accidents involve just the motorcycle and no other vehicle. However, in the more severe and fatal motorcycle crashes, drivers of the four-wheel variety are more to blame. Reasons vary, but mostly these accidents occur simply because drivers fail to notice motorcycles or gauge their speed correctly. A car going 45 mph, for instance, looks faster and more intimidating than a motorcycle going the same speed. This gives cagers a false sense of security when making left turns or pulling into traffic.

It's also a matter of awareness. In driver surveys, FDOT has asked people how often they see motorcycles. Those with motorcycle endorsements on their driver's licenses report seeing motorcycles all the time, while those without endorsements who live in the same area report occasionally seeing motorcycles.

Ideally, said Chanyoung Lee, a senior researcher at the University of South Florida's Center for Urban Transportation Research, motorists should be heeding the advice of the FDOT and “Look twice for motorcycles.” At the same time, Lee said motorcyclists need to make themselves more conspicuous by wearing brighter clothing instead of the traditional black leather.


If you were always concerned about not seeing everything going on behind you while riding, fear no more. Reevu’s new MSX1 motorcycle helmet has a rear-facing camera positioned on the side of the helmet, giving you a nearly 360-degree view of the world around you. The camera transmits the views to a small screen located just above the eye slit. The camera is positioned on the side of the helmet rather than in the back, so drivers will still be able to get a view of what’s behind them, even when a pillion passenger is holding onto the driver’s waist. As for glare, Reevu says the helmet has reflective surfaces that limit the intensity of reflected light. They make no mention of a record function, however, so your highway antics will have to be recorded with your regular bike-mounted camera.


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