Are Motorcycles Really Less Safe Than Cars? – KHTS Radio

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Motorcycles are cool, which is why they have an almost cultic following. However, behind the cool lurks danger. 
According to NHTSA data, a motorcycle rider is 29 times more likely to suffer fatal injuries on the road than other motorists.
Several factors make motorcycles inherently more dangerous than cars from their size, exposure to elements, and instability.
If you are looking to buy a bike or have one that you ride from time to time, this post offers a breakdown of what could make your bike ride more dangerous and how to ride safely.
Accidents happen for many reasons. In most cases, they happen because of a driver or motorcycle rider’s error. Accidents can also result from road conditions or other factors such as pedestrians, often resulting in devastating injuries. 
After an accident, the first thing you will want to do is get yourself checked by an emergency doctor even when you feel okay. Once you have taken care of your health, you will also need to talk to an attorney or a local team of personal injury lawyers specializing in motorcycle collision cases. 
The earlier you involve a lawyer, the better your chance of getting a favorable settlement if your accident resulted in the negligent actions of another road user.
What Makes Motorcycles More Dangerous Than Cars?
If you are in a car accident, its safety features, such as airbags and seat belts, can help reduce the level of the injury you sustain. However, if you are on a bike, the best level of protection you can have is your helmet and your leather or denim riding suit if you have one on. 
If an accident happens at high speed, the level of protection offered by your riding gear can be no match to the force of impact involved, which means the chances of suffering a fatal injury can be pretty high. 
Even when you could survive the crash, there is a very high chance that your injuries will be life-altering. But wearing protective gear can help reduce the severity of your injuries, so it is always important to have them.
Even the biggest motorcycle will be smaller than the smallest car on the road. The small size makes them harder to spot, especially at an intersection where the eye of the driver is mainly on other cars. 
Fortunately, you can do several things as a rider to increase your visibility, including wearing brightly colored clothes and keeping your headlight on even when riding during the day. 
Some states have laws requiring motorcyclists to keep their headlights on whenever they are on the road, with violations leading to earning a ticket. Irrespective of your state laws, keeping them on is a good idea.
Unlike cars, motorbikes run on two wheels meaning that the driver must maintain balance while riding. When conditions are right, keeping balance is not a problem. 
However, it is a different matter when conditions are not ideal, such as if there is loose gravel on the road. Such a situation can cause the bike to skid and lose balance, leading to a crash. 
Other conditions that can make maintaining balance on a motorcycle a challenge include adverse weather conditions such as strong winds, heavy rain, and icy roads. Unless there is a sudden change in weather, it is never a good idea to get on a bike in adverse weather.
As dangerous as riding a bike is, its allure can be irresistible. And there is no harm in giving in. However, it is important to keep in mind what makes riding dangerous and ride in a manner that ensures that you steer clear of danger.
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