Motorcycle collisions are all too common, according to our motorcycle accident lawyers. Accidents can result in permanent physical damage, financial strain, loss of income due to injuries, and other pain and suffering. Depending on the liability of the injured party, the motorcyclist may be entitled to financial compensation for their damages.
All Motorcycles Can Be Dangerous
Riding a motorcycle can be dangerous. However, there are many ways to prevent accidents from occurring. Motorcyclists should always be aware of their surroundings. Never follow too closely to other motorists in the event that someone would need to brake suddenly to prevent rear-end collisions. Motorcyclists should also watch out for vehicles that seem to be drifting or swerving. The drivers of these vehicles could be drunk, impaired, or distracted. These motorists pose a threat to motorcyclists and it’s best to keep your distance or report the other driver once you are safely stopped off of the road.
Motorcyclists can also take other safety precautions to keep themselves safe and minimize the damages that can be caused by an accident. Wearing safety gear and a high-quality helmet can help reduce the impact of a collision and physical harm such as road rash. Learning how to properly and safely ride your motorcycle can also prevent accidents. It’s important, particularly for beginner and novice riders, to not ride motorcycles that are too advanced for your skill level. A motorcycle that is too powerful or complicated for your riding ability can be difficult to maneuver and increase your risk of being involved in an accident.
Two Types of Dangerous Motorcycles
It’s important to keep in mind that all motorcycles can be dangerous and safety precautions should always be taken when operating one, no matter what the type. That being said, here are two of the most dangerous types of motorcycles that may not be appropriate for all motorcyclists’ skill levels. These two types are dangerous for different reasons.
Sport bikes are designed for top speed and acceleration. They are often less comfortable than specialized motorcycles with poor fuel economy. Sport bikes also have a light frame with high performance engines. These bikes are designed with the foot pegs positioned to keep the legs close to the body, enabling a person to clear the ground when cornering. The speed and performance of these types of motorcycles can be dangerous for a motorcyclist that does not have the skillset to properly control the bike or uses the bike to recklessly speed or race on the street.
Cruisers are so popular that they are often involved in collisions due to the volume of cruiser motorcyclists on the road. This type of bike is often associated with Harley Davidson, though they are not the only one to produce this type of cruiser. Cruisers are known for their low-end torque that makes handling and maintaining control a bit easier than other types of bikes. However, media influence and the culture for these type of bikes often involves forgoing helmets and other safety equipment in order to maintain a certain appearance. It’s important to remember that even with the greater control and comfort that comes with a cruiser motorcycle you can still be involved in an accident and should still take safety measures when riding.
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