Recently the news has been filled with stories of motorcycle accidents, many of them being tragic fatalities. A 19-year-old student at the University of Arizona in Tucson died after he lost control of his motorcycle. In Hawaii, a man reported to be in his 30s is dead after he crashed into a guardrail on Likelike Highway. A man in Oceanside, California was killed as a result of crashing his motorcycle on northbound I-5 over the weekend. One factor played a role in all three crashes: speed. It is believed that all three motorcyclists were traveling at high speeds, contributing to the cause and severity of the accidents.
The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) reported that 36% of motorcyclists involved in fatalities in 2007 were speeding, although the actual figure is assumed to be much higher than that. Excessive speed is considered to be anything above the posted speed limit, but can also be a speed that is above what the rider can handle depending on their skills and ability.
As a motorcyclist, it is important to be especially observant of your speed when going into turns. Excessive speed just before a turn is the single most common cause of solo motorcycle crashes. It is advisable to go into turns at a reasonable speed, and then accelerate out of them. Try to not slow down while turning, especially if you are inexperienced.
Speed is one thing that you do have control of when on your motorcycle, unlike things like other drivers on the road or weather conditions. Make sure that you are responsible with it!