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1996 Ducati 900SS/SP Manual
I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles...
It seems every do-gooder I run into on the bike is apt to tell me how terribly dangerous and short-sided it is to operate a motorcycle. Well, ladies, here's a list of stuff which is much more likely to get you killed.
|Deaths per year||Cause|
|696,947||various heart diseases|
|124,816||chronic lower respiratory diseases|
|62,969||all "other" cancers|
|29,975||symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified|
|25,039||"other" respiratory diseases|
|21,344||motor vehicle occupants|
|20,261||hypertension and hypertensive renal disease|
|17,593||pneumonitis due to solids and liquids|
|17,201||other accidental deaths not related to vehicles|
|17,108||suicide by firearm|
|16,257||falling off of things (Actually, it's probably the landing that kills you, not the fall.)|
|15,136||cirrhosis of the liver|
|14,547||suicide without a firearm|
|13,961||unspecified motor vehicle accidents|
|13,299||benign tumors of uncertain or unknown behavior|
|12,121||alcoholic liver disease|
|11,829||homicide by firearm|
|10,687||congenital birth defects|
|6,091||pedestrians struck by vehicles|
|5,809||homicide without a firearm|
|4,830||undetermined intent (might be homicide, might be suicide, but the cops are too stupid or too lazy to tell)|
|4,711||"other" disorders of the circulatory system not included in "heart disease"|
|3,153||U.S. motorcyclists killed in 2002|
|2,843||complications from medical care|
|1,900||water, air, and space accidents|
|1,086||"other" land transport accidents. (I'm not sure how "land transport" falls outside the scope of "motor vehicle" unless a lot of Cub Scouts are getting killed in soap box derbies.)|
|762||accidental firearm discharge|
Unless otherwise noted, this data was taken from the CDC's survey of stuff that killed people in 2002.
It turns out you're nearly twice as likely to die walking down the street than you are on a motorcycle.
For some more great stats on the odds of dying, try this National Safety Council site.