Motorcycles are higher-risk vehicles than cars



Motorcycles make up 3.4% of BC’s insured vehicles, yet they are involved in approximately

11.2% of all road fatalities.

This is hugely disproportionate.

Source: ICBC September 2015 Quick-statistics.

Half of motorcycle crashes are NOT the fault of the other driver.

This means you have the choice to minimize your risk.

Steps to minimizing your risk:

1: know the risks.

2: take appropriate precautions.

Why are they higher-risk?

No impact protection compared to cars. Only 2 thin tires in contact with the road.

Narrow profile means lower visibility to other drivers.

Things that are only a nuisance to cars can be deadly to motorcyclists.

What are some of the risks?


  • Gusting wind
  • Oil slicks on road
  • Airstreams from large passing vehicles
  • Passenger movements
  • Incorrect tire pressure
  • Poor road conditions
  • Collision with birds, bugs and wildlife
  • Sudden tire punctures
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Dust, dirt, pebbles and rocks thrown
  • from passing or leading vehicles