Motorcycle accidents are among the most devastating of all vehicle collisions. Riders have a chance to suffer catastrophic or even fatal injuries in collisions with fixed objects or other vehicles. Unfortunately, over the years a narrative has developed around motorcycles, their riders and the accidents they are involved in. We would like to take a moment to discuss some of these myths and ensure our readers don’t blindly agree with them.
- Bikers wear leather for the look: This is untrue. While a culture and attitude might have grown up around this choice of clothing, the association is actually based on safety. The motorcycle offers little in the way of protection so a rider must rely on clothing. A heavy leather jacket and helmet are the best first steps possible.
- Full-coverage helmets restrict visibility: In addition to providing the minimum 210-degree field of view (which means peripheral vision isn’t obstructed) the visor prevents wind, bugs or debris from hitting a rider in the face.
- Louder exhaust pipes save lives: Unfortunately, while the engine itself might be loud, the loudest sounds generated by the pipes are directed to the rear of the motorcycle.
- Drivers will see you: Unfortunately, it is probably safer for motorcycle riders to assume they are invisible. Drivers of other motor vehicles can be distracted or simply not check their mirrors when turning, changing lanes or merging into traffic. It is better to ride defensively than to assume traffic will behave as it should.
- Roads and streets are safer for your commute: While the top speed might be lower, there are still numerous obstacles to overcome on surface streets. Intersections, for example, or cars exiting a parking structure onto the road are hazards that passing traffic will have to endure on urban streets but not highways.
While these are generally myths a rider needs to be aware of, it doesn’t hurt for car and truck drivers to be mindful of the hazards that motorcycles face. If you were injured by a negligent driver while you were riding a motorcycle, it is wise to discuss your case with a personal injury attorney.