Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Motorcycle or Doctor? For Better Odds, I’d Pick….
I came across this article in a newsletter from the Spokes-Women Motorcycle Riding Club of New Jersey. You can see the whole newsletter here. Found it to be rather fascinating………
I suppose I should ask why is it that everyone that I’ve ever talked to knows someone that has died in a motorcycle-related accident? I know my response will be “then I suppose you know someone that has been killed by a doctor too?” Then I'll quote statistics.
Add to this tidbit of information from Walter Kern from his site at About.com, “women comprise about 9% of motorcycle riders” I’m not sure which page I pulled this information from, but you can check his site here: With this in mind, the numbers get even lower <smile>……
DOCTORS: (A) There are 700,000 physicians in the U.S. (B) Accidental deaths caused by physicians total 120,000 per year. (C) Accidental death percentage per physician is 0.171.
MOTORCYCLES: (A) There are over 6 million motorcycles registered in the U.S. (B) There were 4,008 motorcyclist fatalities in 2004. (C) The percentage of accidental deaths per motorcycle is 0.000668.
Statistically, then, doctors are 256 times more dangerous to the public health than motorcycles.
Factoid: LESS THAN 2 PERCENT OF THE POPULATION OWNS A MOTORCYCLE, BUT ALMOST EVERYONE HAS AT LEAST ONE DOCTOR.
Keep the shiny side up all!!!