I think the doctor maybe was thinking that anyone who risks going against the norm, inherits such risks. we've all seen or heard about stupid accidents and needless deaths caused by car vs. cycle encounters. If the norm is 99% cagers on the roads, then the inherent risks of riding a cycle are not good for the rider. Therefore, riders bear some responsibility for putting themselves in such an environment in the first place. What sucks is the overwhelming odds that riders will get the worst end of the encounter whether innocent or not. And in this country you might as well call the "norm" by its truthful name, "lowest common denominator"- which is the typical asshole driver not paying attention to what they are doing with a 2 or 3 ton weapon. I cant even count the number of accidents I know of which occured when someone was looking for a cell phone, or a cd, or yakking away...
before you flame me, consider this- I talked to a prominent judge one time about the fact that I disagreed with a ruling that my uncle should not receive extra compensation when his brand new truck- with 10 whole miles on the speedo, that he had to wait 6 weeks to be delivered- was t-boned by a girl yakking on a cell phone. Ultimately his opinion, which I couldnt really disagree with, was that by using the public road for your own purpose in whatever vehicle- cycle, john deere mower, truck, vintage mercedes gullwing, what ever it is- you are thereby assuming all the risks inherent in doing so. Which means if you take a spin in your million dollar bugatti or your vintage rusty Yugo or on your K12S, and are hit, the type of vehicle doesnt matter. You knew what was out there before you hit the ignition.
Lastly, a side note- no one has mentioned the reason for the doctor's comments, have they? He easily could have seen a number of senseless deaths or damaged riders of crotchrockets or HDs , with shorts, no helmets, overweight passengers who added to the stopping distance... he may have reacted just the same as some of you reacted to him.
That old saying "dont do the crime if you cant do the time" kinda fits- you have to be prepared for the worst when on a motorcycle. You better know how to stop it, ride it, turn it, and see what's going to happen before it happens. I stopped riding with groups largely for this reason- poorly trained, little experience, and the belief that a sunday ride is like a day at the fair, all fun and no worries.