The Ontario Provincial Police say motorcycle deaths are headed towards a seven-year high at the rate things are going.
According to the OPP, 26 motorcyclists have died so far this year in Ontario as of this week’s start (25 riders and one passenger). With two more months left in the riding season, they reckon this season could be the deadliest in years for the province’s bikers.
Along with their usual urge for caution and veiled threats about stunting laws, the OPP had some other interesting stats they shared in their press release. For instance, everyone thinks it’s young squids who are out there dying on the streets. But guess what? Of the 175 motorcyclists who’ve died between 2008 and 2014, only 16 were under the age of 25.
Of course, one could argue that’s because most people under age 25 can’t afford to pay for motorcycle insurance …
The OPP also shared some other interesting stats. They said 50 of those 175 accidents were caused when the motorcyclist was riding properly at the time; in other words, they were killed by an inattentive cager. And of those 175 crashes, the OPP said 158 of them happened on dry roads, so slippery pavement isn’t a huge factor in rider deaths.
Of the 175 deaths, 156 were male riders, with only 19 female fatalities. The OPP reckons speed was a factor in 43 of the fatalities, and “loss of control” caused 29 deaths. Alcohol was a factor in 21 of the deaths, failure to yield caused 20 crashes, and inattention caused 18 crashes.