Love it when the government or insurance industry folk use "miles driven" vs accident or death rates to "prove" the dangers of motorcycle riding or non-helmet use. (I am not ant-helmet. I am anti nanny-state.) That data on accidents/deaths is easy to get, hospitals report that stuff to insurance compsnies and government. A problem comes with the miles driven part of the equation. The states report that, and some are just estimates, some do not report at all. For example, there has been no motorcycle miles reported in South Dakota. Now we know there are at leasta few bikes ridden in So. Dak. in August, but the statistics say 0, so that lowers the miles riddenand raisesaccident ratio nationwide. Also, many states include off-road dirt bikes and quads in the motorcycle accident/deaths statistics. Some states don't require them to be registered if they never see a road, skewing the numbers even more.
Mark Twain once said there are lies, dammed lies and statistics.
AAZgl1500 is right about the MSF course, and I would add motorcycle awareness training for new car drivers. Too much of the "safety" aspect is focused on safer crashing, when it should be accident avoidence and motorcycle awareness.
Off my soapbox now - that's my 2¢, andI'll take my penny change, please.