Patti, the one thing you have control over with the bad drivers is to reduce your risks.
I grew up on a bicycle in the city when I was a teenager, and later commuted to work on a bicycle sometimes over the years.
On a bicycle you really have to control your risks, limit where you ride, try to stay on bike paths and residential streets whenever you can...
Its not that much different on a MC. I commute everyday when its not raining or snowing. I dont ride on highways, and I avoid 4 lanes roads, esp ones that become 6 or 8 lanes at intersections - there are too many vehicles to keep track of.
Maybe Im lucky because I can ride around the city on the edge of the suburbs to get to work and back. Im not taking the fastest route, but its definitely safer. Im not riding a MC to get to work as fast as possible. In fact when its nice after work I often take an even longer route to get home, just to enjoy the ride. Its normally 30 minutes, the longest I have taken so far was 2 hours to get home.
I would rather get up a bit early and have a great ride, than to have to deal with half awake drivers coming at you from all directions. Im actually skirting farm land on some parts, and watching the deer prance across the road is more of a danger than the light traffic.