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Sep 21, 2021

Are Motorcycles Dangerous? 

What people say as soon as you want to buy one or they find out you ride?

 Some people get involved in near-death accidents and they completely go off motorcycles, while others get back their motorcycles as soon as they are healed and able to ride again.


Not trying to jinx you or put a mojo on you brothers and sisters.  What I am doing is getting rid of the elephant in the room.  Maybe there is a new rider, a future rider, a person listening that is thinking about buying or throwing that leg over. 


Motorcycling is a mindset.  It is a lifestyle. Am I right about it?


Lets tell the truth and shame the devil?

How dangerous is riding a motorcycle? 

The answer is largely dependent on the rider.

Operating a motorcycle requires more mental and physical effort than driving, and a motorcyclist has a significantly higher risk of serious injury in an accident than a driver. 

However, with constant training to improve your skills, wearing your safety gear all the time, and always being vigilant on the road can reduce your chances of being in an accident. 

Cars have a protective structure that surrounds the driver and comes with safety features such as airbags, seatbelts, and crumple zones designed to protect the driver in case of an accident. 

A car has four wheels that give it more balance than a motorcycle, which means that it takes more effort to ride a motorbike than it does to drive a car. On the other hand, motorcycles are easier to accelerate and maneuver through traffic

In 2019, 5,014 motorcyclists died in motorcycle crashes, down slightly from 5,038 in 2018, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2019, motorcyclists were nearly 29 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle miles traveled.

Most motorcycle accidents are preventable, and there are some basic motorcycle safety tips that you must follow to stay safe on your motorcycle. 

Riding gear includes chaps, pants, sturdy boots, a full leather jacket, and gloves, as well as a DOT approved helmet. Getting road rash really sucks but having a head injury because you did not wear a proper helmet is very much worse. 

You can get breathable gear from motorcycle shops that allow air circulation so you don't feel sticky. Also, consider getting high visibility gear to make it easy for other road users to see you.

Road Hazards

There is a vast variety of road hazards that could affect how a motorcycle operates. From slick streets to road obstructions, many things could cause a motorcyclist to lose control and crash. The smaller, lighter frame of the vehicle means riders have less protection in the event of a crash. Therefore, motorcyclists need to take the proper precautions and try to avoid the followings hazards:

  • Wet roads
  • Animals
  • Fallen trees or limbs
  • Potholes
  • Crumbling or uneven pavement
  • Left Turns

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