With all the crash test videos running around I want to present an old idea I've brought up a couple times. Motorcycles are not as bad compared to cars as people think. Before everyone gets their torches and pitchforks ready hear me out.
The idea is not so much that motorcycles are safer today (although they are with more advanced rider and bike safety gear like airbags) it's that cars are more dangerous than most of us care to think about.
Maybe I'm wrong but I think the majority of drivers take the idea that their car is safe for granted and don't even look into how badly it can go. It's something we put into the back of our mind as we rush around all the many places we have to go.