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Facts about motorcycle safety the dangers of a collision

Many individuals believe there is a certain level of excitement and freedom involved with riding a motorcycle. If you love riding motorcycles, you may also treasure the moments where nothing stands between you and the breeze.

While there may not be anything separating you from the wind, unfortunately, the same goes for the ground. With less in the way of protection, motorcycle accidents have a higher chance of ending in disaster.

The facts concerning motorcycle safety

Chances are, you likely place a great deal of importance on safety when riding a motorcycle. However, there may be certain misconceptions about motorcycle safety that could put you in harm's way. Some common myths that could mislead bikers include the following:

  • The lay-down method:  This is a common myth that suggest a rider should lay down the bike if a collision is imminent. However, studies suggest that braking or attempting to avoid the collision could be a much safer alternative.
  • Lack of respect:  While some might think that other drivers simply don't care about bikers, the truth is, most accidents occur due to lack of visibility, as motorcycles are smaller and more easily obscured while on the road. Finding ways to make yourself more visible could help avoid a potential catastrophe.
  • Sound as an indicator:  If you ride a loud bike, everyone will hear you coming, right? Unfortunately, the noise that comes from loud exhaust pipes is directed behind you and may do little to prevent an accident.
  • Helmets might not help:  Another common myth is that helmets obscure one's vision, or even make you more susceptible to a neck injury. However, studies suggest that wearing a helmet is safer in most, if not all, scenarios.
  • Skill helps avoid collisions:  While rider skill goes a long way to preventing some accidents, others may be unavoidable, as reacting in time to avoid a sudden and unexpected movement from a nearby car could be nearly impossible.

In addition, it could be a common belief that the interstate is more dangerous for motorcyclists, when in fact, bikers may face additional risks on city streets where vehicles are more prone to pull out in front of others. City streets are often fraught with traffic and obstacles that can increase the chances for a motorcycle-related collision to occur.

Injured in an accident?

Perhaps while strictly adhering to New Jersey traffic laws and safety procedures, a car hit you, causing you to suffer serious injuries in the process. This could lead to a lengthy period of recovery, which when coupled with medical bills, can create significant financial hardships.

If the investigators determine the other driver is at fault, you may wish to pursue restitution, but the process can be challenging to navigate alone. By speaking with someone with experience in the area, you could obtain some much-needed advice on pursuing the compensation to which you're entitled.

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