interesting...i thought this was exclusive to the nurses i work with.. being rabidly anti-motorcycle. i have ridden with my husband for years and love it. i just recently passed my written permit test and i am starting to take the basic rider courses plus i'm saving up to get my own bike. i have all the protective gear and wear a helmet. even though i'm being smart about it i still get flak from my coworkers (the whole 'joke' about the donor-cycle).
this poll prompted me to google deaths per year-- i found a web site (to follow is some info from it). i don't think the link takes everything into account, for instance more people drive cars so therefore the death rate would be higher, right? anyway, my point is, there are lots of ways to die. i had a friend die in high school when he was in a bike crash, no helmet, both he and his girlfriend died. they were being reckless. i read and see people that had gear on and died and ones that didn't. that just encourages me to learn all i can and be smart about riding. i don't feel that riding a bike is any more risky than just being alive and out in society some days.
anyway back to deaths.
motor vehicle fatalities: 34,017 (annual)
motorcycle fatalities: 5,290 (annual)
pedestrian deaths: 4,378 (annual)
next, according to the cdc 36,000 people die each year from flu related causes. also the following from cdc...diabetes deaths per year: 71,382
deaths from c-diff: 6,372 (annual)
deaths from falling: 23,443 (annual)
p.s. a bonus is that i get 65+ miles per gallon of gas when i'm on a motorcycle!