Motorcycle fatalities reached an eight-year high in 2016. Riders say distracted driving and poor Michigan road conditions play a big factor.
“I mean the biggest complaint about the roads are the potholes. The biggest complaint about drivers in vehicles is their distraction. Ya know, texting and driving. We see it every day, somebody’s got their head down” says Stephen Green.
Green was involved in a motorcycle accident in 2008. The bike was totaled and his leg was broken in three places, but he says things could have been much worse.
“I mean it was crazy lucky, I could have broke my neck.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a person is 37 times more likely to die in a motorcycle accident than in a car crash.
The Capital Harley-Davidson shop teaches riding classes and instructor Steve Stockenauer says visibility is a top priority.
“A lot of times at the classes we teach here at the store, we’ll try and get the rider to recognize whether they’re in a bad spot positioned behind a car maybe not going fast enough, maybe going too slow and allowing them to be blind to the other drivers out there.”
Stockenauer’s advice to drivers on the road is simple.
“look twice and save a life”
For more motorcycle safety tips visit the National Highway Traffic Saftey Administration.