DO YOU BELIEVE THESE MOTORCYCLE MYTHS?
Posted on Thursday, December 29th, 2016 at 6:08 pm
As Sacramento motorcycle accident attorneys, we see our fair share of myths about motorcyclists and motorcycle accidents. Unfortunately, motorcyclists face unfair and unfounded prejudices and stereotypes simply because they choose a 2-wheel motor vehicle over a 4-wheel passenger vehicle. Those stereotypes often make fighting for your right to receive full compensation for an accident claim more difficult.
Our Sacramento motorcycle accident attorneys fight aggressively for the right of our motorcycle accident clients to receive full compensation from the at-fault driver. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, call our office at (916) 999-9000 to request a free consultation and free case evaluation with an attorney. Learn about your rights from an attorney who has your best interest as his top priority.
Motorcycle Safety Myths
In addition to myths and unfounded stereotypes about motorcyclists, there are many myths about motorcycle safety. These motorcycle safety myths can be dangerous. People who believe these safety myths could be putting themselves at greater risk of serious and traumatic injuries in a motorcycle accident.
The louder the motorcycle, the safer the motorcyclist.
Noisy motorcycles do not stand out to other drivers. Most drivers have learned to “tune out” noises outside of the vehicle. Therefore, having loud exhaust pipes do not necessarily make you safer so do not rely on this to protect you when you are riding.
Helmets make it more difficult to see.
A full-face helmet provides a great deal of protection for a motorcycle rider, and it does NOT make it more difficult to see. The Department of Transportation requires full-face helmets provide a minimum of a 210-degree field of vision, so peripheral vision is not restricted. Always wear a full-face helmet when riding to give yourself an added layer of protection in case of an accident.
Leather does not add any protection.
Leather motorcycle jackets are not just a fashion statement. Because leather is a durable material, it can provide an extra layer of protection for skin in the event of a wreck. Leather jackets and pants are great items to wear when riding a motorcycle.
Lay your bike down if you are about to crash.
If you are about to crash, you need to focus on the way to avoid the collision rather than how to lay your bike down. You do not want to miss an alternate option that may avoid the collision by purposefully skidding out to avoid colliding with another vehicle. Furthermore, in heavy traffic, laying your bike down could result in additional injuries from other vehicles.
Drivers can see you if you wear bright clothing and install additional lights.
Some drives may see you but you cannot and should not assume drivers see you. Some drivers are simply not paying attention and will not see a motorcyclist regardless of what the rider does to make himself more visible.
Motorcycle safety classes are only for beginners.
If you are a motorcyclist and you have not taken a motorcycle safety class, you are not doing everything you can to protect yourself. Every person riding a motorcycle should enroll in a safety course regardless of your experience.
Have You Been Injured in A Motorcycle Accident?
If another driver causes you an injury, call our Sacramento motorcycle accident attorney for help. Our attorneys have the experience, skill, and resources you want on your side when you are fighting for your right to receive compensation for your injuries.
Call Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or chat with a representative on our website to request a free legal consultation with a Sacramento motorcycle accident attorney or to get more information about filing an accident claim.