I was reading about likely crash causes and came across this report from 2006 conducted in the greater Washington Area. The report was the first large scale study since the (in)famous HURT report conducted ages ago. You can read the full report here but if you have a short attention span these were the main things to remember: The vast majority of fatalities occur during daylight hours, in dry weather. (obviously..) Half of fatal crashes were single vehicle occurrences; no other vehicle was involved other than the motorcycles. When alcohol is involved, two-thirds of fatal crashes are single vehicle occurrences. (Makes me want to go out and practice my technique more often..) A third of fatalities were motorcyclists who did not have a valid motorcycle endorsement. (This one scared me, this means that the same is most likely true for car drivers) The Task Force concluded that, while there are multiple contributions to motorcycle crashes that result in fatalities or serious injuries, it appears that the most important factors are within the control of the rider. Efforts to reduce fatalities and serious injuries should focus on rider skill and behavior. Happy reading and stay safe out there!