While there are few experiences that can match the feeling of riding a
motorcycle, it is also among the most dangerous forms of transportation
on the road today. Correspondingly, the subject of safety is often on
the forefront of a rider's mind and most have developed their own
tips, tricks, and methods for avoiding accidents and collisions. Unfortunately,
there is a lot of misinformation circulating and many riders may believe
myths about the best ways to stay safe. Below, our blog dispels six of
the most common myths about motorcycle safety.
Full helmets restrict visibility: Riders may opt for an open face helmet over a full helmet under the belief
that they will have a greater area of visibility. Not only is this untrue,
but the myth creates doubt regarding what is arguably the most important
piece of motorcycle safety equipment a rider can own. Department of Transportation
(DoT) regulations require helmets to have a full area of view. In fact,
a full helmet can have benefits such as reducing pressure on the face,
blocking wind noise, and providing full eye protection.
Loud Bikes are Safer: This myth states that louder bikes work to increase a motorcyclist’s
presence while on the road. While this may be true in very limited situations,
it is a mistake to assume that because a driver hears you that they will
also see you. In fact, a driver may still not register that a motorcyclist
is there even while staring directly at them.
Bigger bikes are better: The “bigger is better” myth can be found in almost every industry
and on the surface, it may make sense. If it costs more, has more capabilities,
or is more powerful, then it should also be better. In truth, every type
of motorcycle will have different strengths and weaknesses, being suitable
for different riders and different styles. The biggest problem with this
myth occurs when new riders purchase a more powerful bike than they can
Your skills will keep you out of trouble: On the other hand, veteran riders may feel as though their experience and
skill will be enough to keep them out of trouble. However, overconfidence
is a big issue and can have disastrous consequences. When the mistakes
of another driver put you at risk, they may simply be going too fast to
give even the quickest rider enough time to properly react.
If you’re going to crash, lay your bike down: There are several possible origins for this myth. Some riders may feel
as though it can cut speed, or that they are safer lower to the ground.
The best way to cut speed is through proper braking techniques and while
there may be situations where ditching a bike may be better, they are rare.
Streets are safer than freeways: While it is true that miles traveled on the street are generally covered
at a slower speed, it is not the only factor which comes into play. Freeways
are more controlled environments than a street and have fewer potential
hazards. On a street, the motorist must navigate unprotected turns, opposing
traffic separated only by paint, side-streets where cars can unexpectedly
pull out from and any number of other accidents waiting to happen. While
great speed may increase the risk for serious injury when a collision
does occur, accidents themselves are more likely while on the street.
Compensation for the Injured
When collisions do occur, motorcyclists are often at a greater risk for
injury than those driving other vehicles. While dispelling common myths
about motorcycle safety can work to decrease the potential for an accident,
the truth is that if you’re on the road, then you’re at risk.
If you have been in an accident through no fault of your own, you may
be able to seek monetary compensation. AT Mainetti, Mainetti & O'Connor,
P.C., our Kingston personal injury attorneys can work to help you claim
restitution for damages including injuries, missed work, and medical expenses.
We proudly serve clients around New York including in Kingston, Ellenville,
Have you been injured in a motorcycle accident? Call (845) 340-4878 and
speak to an attorney today.