It’s Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and the Ontario Provincial Police are keen to remind you to be careful out there. To that end, the OPP has released some statistics on the 2012-2021 motorcycle fatalities on the province’s roads. And, according to the OPP’s stats, motorcyclists were at fault in the majority of these crashes.
According to the OPP, the provincial police force has responded to 326 fatal motorcycle crashes in the past almost-decade, with 342 fatalities (bike-on-bike or rider-and-pillion crashes would account for the higher number of fatalities). Motorcyclists often blame other road users for their crashes, but Ontario’s statistics don’t necessarily back that up. The OPP says in 60.7 percent of these fatal crashes, the motorcycle was to blame—another vehicle was at fault in only 39.3 percent of the collisions.
Lest you think the OPP has skewed these numbers, the police force also noted that 120 of these fatal crashes were single-vehicle collisions, with no possibility for any other motorist to blame.
The press release says “The data is a stark reminder that there can be zero risks and errors on the part of motorcyclists and that even the safest, most defensive riders must rely on nearby motorists exercising the same degree of safety in order to avoid causing a deadly crash.” As we’ve seen in the past few years, expect a social media blitz and other media roll-outs to remind motorists and particularly bike riders of safety practices throughout the summer.
Remember that this is not the total number of fatal crashes for Ontario, which would also see Toronto and other municipalities’ police forces responding to crashes.