Traffic Safety in Alberta
Alberta’s Office of Traffic Safety urges drivers of all
be extra vigilant when sharing the road with motorcyclists.
Drivers play a large role in
motorcycle safety. On a motorcycle, a rider is vulnerable. Be aware
of motorcyclists on the road and give them the space they need.
Motorcycle riders need to concentrate on the road and make sure
other drivers see them.
Facts to Know
Over five years, 3,415
motorcycles were involved in casualty collisions. These
collisions resulted in 155 deaths and 3,548 injuries.
Motorcycles are less stable and
less visible than cars and often have high performance
Two-fifths (41 per cent) of
motorcyclists involved in casualty collisions committed an
improper action. More than half of these errors were running off
the road or following too closely. Almost one-fifth of
motorcyclists involved in casualty collisions were travelling at
a speed too fast for the given conditions. In fatal collisions,
half of motorcyclists were travelling at unsafe speeds. (2009 –
When motorcycles crash, their
riders lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle and therefore
are more likely to be injured or killed.
Nearly two-thirds of collisions
involving a motorcycle resulted in death or injury. This
compares to approximately one in 10 for all collisions.
Head injury is a leading cause
of death in motorcycle crashes. A rider with a helmet is 37 per
cent less likely to incur a fatal injury in a crash than a rider
without a helmet.
The younger the motorcyclist,
the higher the collision rate. Motorcycle riders age 16 to 17
years had the highest involvement rate per 1,000 licensed
Wear appropriate gear to provide
an optimum level of comfort and safety.
For motorcycle operators:
Stay out of blind spots! Make
sure other drivers see you.
Be alert at intersections. Make
eye contact with other drivers/riders before making your move.
Protect yourself with the right
gear and an approved motorcycle helmet.
When it comes to other drivers,
your speed can be easily misjudged.
Ride defensively and make every
effort to enhance your visibility.
Be aware of what is going on
behind you to avoid deadly rear end collisions.
Showing off and speeding do not
Sharing the road is one of the
keys to having other road users respect you as a motorcyclist.
For drivers of other
Share the road – look twice for
motorcyclists at intersections or when changing lanes.
Never underestimate the speed of
a motorcycle. Their size makes their speed deceptive.
View the motorcycle safety
Learn more about
motorcycle safety in Alberta.
Listen to the
road rash radio spots.
June 29, 2015