Motorcycle Accident Prevention—Biker Tall Tales & Myths Debunked

Due to their relative lack of size and stability, motorcycles are afforded a much smaller margin for error than passenger vehicles. Thousands of motorcyclists are injured every year in motorcycle accidents resulting from rider error (involving no other motor vehicle), many of which could have been easily avoided with a few simple safety precautions. Whether you are a brand new rider or you’ve been around a motorcycle for half of your life, the odds are pretty good that you’ve heard a few of these biker tall tales; our lawyers are here to set the record straight.

1. If You’re Going to Crash, It’s Best to Lay Down Your Bike
For the most part, most motorcycle accidents happen in a flash. As a rider, it is highly unlikely that you will have the time to think about laying down your bike, and even if you do, you shouldn’t. Never, ever, attempt to lay down your bike at high speed; more times than not it will do much more harm than good. Instead, focus on reducing your speed as much as you possibly can, and use both your brakes to mitigate a bad collision.

2. Race Tires Will Make Your Bike Faster on the Road
Nope. Motorcycle racing tires are very similar to racing tires for cars, in that they are designed for extreme speeds (I’m talking 200 mph). When a car or motorcycle is moving that fast, these tires use the immense heat that is generated to create grip. Unless you are using them for a track day, you will likely never be in a position on a normal road where your tires are hot enough to grip properly, and this can lead to serious accidents.

3. New Tires Come With Coating That Can Only Be Removed By Riding A Couple Miles With Underinflated Tires
This is absolutely untrue. Most new motorcycle road tires appear to be coated in some kind of material, but this is only because this is how they are produced in the factory. Reducing a motorcycles air pressure causes tires to flex, damaging sidewalls, and in serious cases, tires can completely blow out on the road, leading to deadly accidents.

4. 18-25 Year-Olds Are the Most High Risk Motorcyclists
While it’s true that new riders take on a serious amount of risk simply because of inexperience, according to the NHTSA’s latest motorcycle fatality statistics, the most commonly killed group of motorcyclists are actually those aged 40 to 55 years old. Just because you have been riding for 10 years or more doesn’t mean you can be overconfident; accidents still happen.

5. Get Your Dream Bike When You Start Riding, You’ll Get Used to it Easily
For most motorcyclists, their dream bike isn’t the beginner’s model. Usually, they are the immensely powerful, fire-spitting bikes that will turn heads when you ride by your friends. Most new riders can’t handle the power of a top of the line motorcycle, and it is important that each rider progresses at their own pace before tackling their dream bike. Do your homework and enlist more experienced motorcyclists to help you figure out what you can handle for your first model; you’ll get to the dream bike someday. (RideApart)

As a motorcyclist, you are already at a far greater risk of being involved in a traffic accident than other road users, so it is important to know the facts that will help keep you safe. Our lawyers have been helping victims of Illinois motorcycle accident since 1992, so if you ride, we are committed to your safety and wellbeing, both before and after an accident.

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