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The Importance of Motorcycle Training

Michael Agruss

Written and Reviewed by Michael Agruss

  • Managing Partner and Personal Injury Lawyer at Mike Agruss Law.
  • Over 20 years of experience in Personal Injury.
  • Over 8000+ consumer rights cases settled.
  • Graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law: Juris Doctor, 2004.


Just as with a car, there is a learning curve for riding a motorcycle, one which is arguably more difficult and time-consuming. If an accident is imminent, motorcyclists must react quickly to avoid injury or the accident overall, and this depends as much on formal training as a quick reaction.
The famous “Hurt Report,” first published in 1981 and authorized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), remains the most in-depth study of its kind. Its findings were based on 1,000+ motorcycle accidents, 3,600 police reports, and 2,600 interviews with motorcyclists,

All within a two-year period:

– About 50% of the motorcyclists who suffered an accident had less than five months of riding experience at the time; even those who had prior experience on other motorbikes, such as off-road bikes, averaged fewer accidents than those who did not.
– Amazingly, 92% of the motorcyclists in accidents were “self-taught and had no formal training.”
– In about 66% of single-vehicle accidents involving motorcyclists, the cause was identified as “operator error.”
– A correlation was found between how motorcyclists reacted to hazardous circumstances and whether an accident was avoided or damage was minimized; awareness of correct braking procedures was a particularly important factor.

We at Mike Agruss Law highly recommend formal training for new motorcyclists and “refresher” training for those returning to riding after a hiatus; there are programs offered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) in over 2,000 locations nationwide. This training is essential to understand each and every basic of safe riding, as well as braking procedures and an array of accident-prevention techniques. Keeping in mind that 9 of every 10 injured motorcyclists forewent this training, the incentive could not be stronger to ensure that you’ll know what to do if a dangerous situation arises and accidents and injuries can be avoided.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Mike Agruss Law for a free consultation. We are a Chicago-based injury law firm representing individuals (and their families) who have suffered an injury in an accident. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you.

Lastly, Mike Agruss Law is not paid attorney’s fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.

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