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Don’t Listen to These Motorcycle Safety Myths

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Motorcycle enthusiasts love the scenic views throughout Idaho, and the freedom of our state's open roads is appealing to riders of all abilities. Safety should also remain top-of-mind for bikers, as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety  estimates that per miles traveled, the number of deaths on motorcycles was 26 times greater than passenger vehicles in 2013.

Keep Motorcycle Riders Safe by Choosing Fact Over Myth

One way to make roads safer for bikers is to dispel some myths about motorcycle safety. A few you may have encountered include:

  • Bikers wear leather to look cool. While a leather jacket does look good, the reality is that its unique properties make it a great insulator and resistant to abrasion. Leather helps keep bikers warm and protects their skin from cuts and scrapes.

  • Full-face helmets restrict visibility. If a biker uses a Department of Transportation approved helmet, it should provide for 210-feet field of view—ample expanse to see peripherally. In addition, a full-face helmet protects a rider’s face from rain, bugs, wind, and debris. Even though Idaho law does not require adult bikers to wear a helmet, it is always safest to wear one.

  • Big bikes are good for new riders. Bigger bikes weigh over 700 pounds, making them harder to handle, especially in tight turns and parking lots.

  • Loud pipes save riders’ lives. While bikers need to make other motorists aware of them, loud exhaust pipes do not really help with this, especially on the highway. Instead, riders should focus on being seen.

  • Drivers will see a rider. Defensive motorcycle riders operate under the assumption that other motorists will— not—see them and take safety precautions such as keeping a reasonable distance from other vehicles and wearing reflective clothing at night.

  • City streets are safer than the highway. While people think it is safer to ride on streets and roads where the speed limits are lower, studies have shown that more motorcycle accidents occur on these streets than on the highway.

  • In a crash, lay it down. Some say that riders should “lay down” their bike in anticipation of a crash. The reality is there is only enough time to try to brake and swerve out of the way.

If You've Been in a Motorcycle Crash, We Can Help

Even if you try to be a safe motorcyclist, another motorist may not be so careful and could cause you to suffer serious injuries in a crash. If this happened to you, fill out our firm’s online form  today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn how I can assist you to obtain the compensation you deserve.


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