"Pretty much all the accidents the people I know have had have been the fault of someone else. Attitude and training won't help one bit."
The "no amount of training or having a good attitude" part might seem like the answer if drivers are going to pull out of junctions etc.. but its only once you start biking and pass the test that you realize that the training will have a huge effect on your attitude compared to when you first sat there on the morning of your CBT.As for the training,although the instructors wont go into too much detail re: better road use out of town too much,you will benefit from further training which will definately give you a few extra lives.
A good example would be approaching a left hand bend with a junction on the left just after it.approaching close to the white line in the middle of the road would enable many more yards of visability,flow.Not only will you see oncoming traffic sooner,The nutcases see you sooner too.Including the granma sitting at the junction with slower reactions than you do.If any motorcyclist learns to do this,they have done their part.. which could also save their life as old hilda has spotted you sooner.This might give her enough time to decide against pulling out and killing you.
So theres one of many examples on how to be safer regardless of what other drivers might do.Training helps.