It’s no secret motorcycles are dangerous vehicles. While car accidents are extremely common, those who are involved in them are more protected by their vehicle. However, another part of the problem lies in misconceptions about the safety of motorcycles in general. Here are the top misconceptions about motorcycle accidents that everyone should know.
Myth #1: Single-Vehicle Crashes Are Always a Motorcyclist’s Fault
If a bike crashes on its own, many people would assume the biker was being reckless or, perhaps, was intoxicated. However, it is possible to experience a crash without making an unwise move on your bike. For example, defective motorcycle parts have caused sudden malfunctions of the machine, preventing some riders from steering or braking. Likewise, road hazards, such as potholes, can cause bikers to lose control and crash.
Myth #2: You Can’t Recover Compensation If You Weren’t Wearing a Helmet
While helmets are vital parts of biking protective equipment, they can’t protect you from all injuries. Even if you were wearing one, that wouldn’t keep you from sustaining injuries on other parts of your body. Likewise, you can also receive compensation for head injuries even if you weren’t wearing a helmet. Discussing the specifics of your case with a skilled attorney would be the best way to find out how much you could expect back in compensation.
Myth #3: You Don’t Need a Lawyer for Smaller Claims
Even the most straightforward claim in an accident can be denied by an insurance company, which is why keeping an attorney’s phone number on hand is so important. Insurance companies make their money through premiums and lose money by paying claims; if they can deny your claim, they will.
Myth #4: Bigger Bikes Are Safer for Beginners
People who have never ridden a motorcycle before might think a bigger bike is better; however, this isn’t always true. Bigger bikes are more visible, but every make and model of motorcycle has its advantages and disadvantages. Sometimes overly large bikes are too heavy for their riders to control. Alternatively, the bigger the bike is, the harder it is to lane share.
Myth #5: Loud Bikes Are Safer
While it’s true some drivers may hear you if your bike is louder, this audibility isn’t guaranteed. The noise is usually redirected backward, and vehicles on the road ahead of you may not hear your bike. Likewise, they may not be able to tell which side of the car you may be driving on, which isn’t helpful for you.
Myth #6: Laying the Bike Down Is Important If You’re Crashing
Many movies and TV shows that display motorcycles often show it skidding into a crash. While it may look kind of cool, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to crash your bike in anticipation of a collision. Motorcycle accidents will happen regardless of whether or not you can see them; often, people don’t anticipate them at all. If you have time to “lay it down,” then you have time to brake.
Myth #7: Streets Are Safer Than Freeways
While most people are driving at a slower rate than on the freeways, bikers are actually safer on the highways than on the streets. People are usually moving in the same general direction at the same relative speed. On a freeway, there is a smaller chance of a vehicle violating a biker’s right of way than there is on the streets.
Myth #8: Helmets Don’t Keep You Safe
Some people believe helmets restrict a rider’s visibility and hearing or they increase a rider’s risk of head and neck injuries. Others believe helmets will do little to protect them from any motorcycle accident that may occur. Most of these misconceptions arose from groups who opposed state motorcycle helmet laws. In reality, extensive testing and statistics show a helmet is the most important piece of safety gear a biker can have. Helmets protect motorcycle riders from severe head and neck injuries by absorbing the shock of a serious impact in an accident.
Myth #9: Attorneys Don’t Like Motorcycle Accident Cases
While many attorneys don’t accept motorcycle accidents, this is mostly because they don’t possess the experience to pursue a motorcycle accident injury case successfully. However, the Law Office of Robert W. Kovacs, Jr. is fully prepared to investigate your crash and offer you compassionate and skilled advocacy.
Myth #10: Motorcyclists Are At Fault for Most Accidents
For accidents involving a motorcycle and a car, many drivers assume the motorcyclist is at fault. However, this couldn’t be more untrue. Skilled bikers are incredibly safe drivers, while many passenger vehicle drivers aren’t paying attention or are reckless in their driving. Those in cars have a false sense of security, as if the shell of their vehicle will protect them from all accidents, so they may drive more recklessly than the average biker. Many times, a car driver will be distracted when he or she crashes into a motorcyclist, or they will deliberately get in the way rather than let a biker lane share.
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, don’t hesitate to call us. Our skilled Worchester personal injury attorneys would be happy to consult you about your best course of action for seeking compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and damaged property. Let us see what we can do for you.
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