Motorcycle Sales Up, What About Accidents?

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

Motorcycle sales in Kentucky are up and so are reports of some people wrecking them.

Whether it be from the warm weather or the price at the pump, the motorcycles are everywhere. In fact, bike sales are up at many shops.

"Fifty percent of the people in here are looking for an economical means of transportation and motorcycles getting 50 miles to the gallon helped steer them this way," says James Bloom, the General Manager at the Harley Davidson store in Lexington.

With more bikes on the road, some towing places say they've seen an increase in accidents.

"There are more accidents with motorcycles. If people would just get proper training maybe it wouldn't happen," says Don Ramsey, with AA Towing in Winchester.

Bryan Cunningham is a new rider and says he didn't have any training on a motorcycle before he bought it. He says he has noticed more accidents involving bikes but isn't always the riders at fault.

He says he's just worried about the other drivers on the road.

"Cars will pull out in front of you. I've had that happen several times a day actually", says Bryan Cunningham.

So, whether it be mistakes from drivers or riders, many say with the sales of motorcycles going up, you can probably expect more accidents too.

"There's gonna be more because there are more bikes on the road now", says Cunningham.

Many of the riders we spoke with today say motorcycle courses and schools that are offered are the best way to prepare bike riders, and even other drivers, to help keep them safe when out on the road.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 16, 2008 at 06:22 AM
    Kentucky state lawmakers certainly are not that concerned about motorcycle accidents. If they were then they would not have ammended the laws in 1998. Riders are now allowed to ride without helmets.
  • by Me! Location: Ky on Jul 16, 2008 at 05:46 AM
    Of course there will be more accidents. People running and buying bikes when they hardly even know how to start one much less ride them safely.
  • by Brady Location: Wilmore on Jul 15, 2008 at 09:38 PM
    I think this article is a step in the right direction towards awareness and education for new riders. I've ridden motorcycles for 5 years and I thoroughly believe the US needs to adopt a "graduated" licensing program, much like the European countries. I think with proper restriction and education, we can increase the safety of a fun and economical form of transportation. Sadly, the biggest obstacle in implementing the aforementioned graduated licensing program would be overcoming most people's ego. No one wants to hear that they don't have the skill to safely twist a throttle...
  • by Bob Location: Winchester on Jul 15, 2008 at 07:50 PM
    I just wish people in cars would respect motorcycles more. The 2 most important things to remember is to not pull out in front of a motorcycle and please keep a good distance when your behind a motorcycle.
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Jul 15, 2008 at 06:44 PM
    I took the MSF RiderCourse and it was an EXCELLENT course to help acquaint me with motorcycles as well as the dangers of today's distracted drivers and how they don't watch when they change lanes, turn, etc and kill lots of motorcyclists who are just cruising down the road. It made me a much better rider and a MUCH more aware rider of what's going on around and in front of me on the road, so that I don't become the next statistic. I would recommend that the state pass a law that requires this course within 30 days of a motorcycle purchase or your license gets suspended. I would also think it's good to have as part of traffic school a whole segment on motorcycles and how to share the road with them. Eventually everyone would be more aware and the accidents would decrease substantially. But to answer the question in the headline, of course there are going to be more accidents when there are more of them out there, it's simple math.


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