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Motorcycle Accident Myths

Posted by Timothy J. Ryan | Dec 16, 2017 | 0 Comments


Motorcycles get so much bad rap, which is why there are so many myths about motorcycles and motorcycle riders going around. Many of these myths are getting people killed or injured because people fail to understand how motorcycles actually work. Let's bust these motorcycle myths today so you don't become a victim.

The motorcyclist is always at fault in a motorcycle accident

When a motorcycle is involved in an accident on the road, people quickly assume that the motorcyclist was the one to blame. Motorcyclists are usually blamed because they were riding a motorcycle. However, that is not true. In a survey conducted by the University of Southern California, it was found that the car or motor vehicle driver is at fault two-thirds of the time in a motorcycle vs. car accident. These motorcycle accidents are usually caused when the motor vehicle fails to give the motorcyclist right-of-way. Many times, the accident is caused when the automobile driver fails to detect the motorcyclist.

Motorcyclists shouldn't wear a helmet

A lot of people think and feel that motorcyclists shouldn't wear a helmet. They will come up with all sorts of reasons which are completely rubbish. Helmets are supposed to protect the motorcyclist when they fall. They are there to help save lives and prevent injuries. Helmets particularly save from brain damage and they will also protect the neck, and help prevent traumatic brain injury. According to statistics, helmets are able to help prevent death 40% of the time whereas they help prevent head injury 62% of the time. That is why it is advised to always wear your helmet.

Motorcycles suddenly appear out of nowhere and dart in front of other vehicles

This sentence is completely rubbish but the blame is taken by both cyclists as well as motorcyclists. Just like there are laws in place for automobile drivers, there are laws in place for motorcycle riders as well. Simply because automobile drivers aren't looking out for them, it doesn't mean the motorcyclists are at fault. A motorcycle never appears out of nowhere. It was always there on the road, but the driver of the automobile failed to notice it. Motorcyclists are required to maintain a safe distance from other drivers for their own safety, as well as for the safety of other people and drivers on the road.

A loud bike will save lives

Many people think that a loud bike will save lives because it is loud. However, that is not justified. In fact, a study revealed that louder bikes actually lead to driver aggression. So, it will only cause irritation instead of being considered a safety feature.

The practice of lane splitting is unsafe and illegal

Traveling between slower vehicles and cars is one of the safest ways to travel through slower traffic. However, motorists fail to understand that and often complain about the practice of lane splitting. Although lane splitting might seem unsafe or reckless, it is totally safe in reality.

When you or someone you know has been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is advised to get in touch with a personal injury attorney to learn about your rights and file a claim.


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Timothy J. Ryan

Personal injury attorney Timothy J. Ryan has helped California injury victims recover more than $1 Billion since 1981. Tim is on the board of governors for the Consumer Attorneys of California and received the 2020 award "10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys" for client satisfaction.


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