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Old 12-07-2012, 09:18 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by dwoodward View Post
Originally Posted by PhilB View Post
I don't see that as a myth. A rider's biggest hazard that he has little or no control over is another vehicle operator. At some times and places that may not be the case -- at dusk on open roads it might be deer instead. But for anyone who rides urban, or commutes, or is in traffic a lot for any reason, cagers are a top threat.

Sorry, myth. 75% of all motorcycle fatalities (Oregon, 2012 YTD) were rider error. All things being equal, a rider's biggest hazard is typically their own ego.

But let's ignore the 47% that were just riders crashing by themselves.

60% of multi-vehicle accidents involving a motorcycle were... rider error.

Cagers may be a top threat, but they don't top what we do to ourselves.
I bolded the part of that statement that is relevant here. Sure, your greatest hazard is yourself if you're an idiot. Your hazard to yourself decreases drastically with prudence, training, experience, and gear -- all of which are under your control, and none of which are under anyone else's control. So the article referenced by the OP does not in any way "perpetuate the myth that a rider's biggest hazard is another vehicle operator". The author is talking to a person other than himself, and thus is communicating about hazards that are not himself. The top one of which is .... other vehicle operators.

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