Motorcyclists often get a bad rap on the road. Although many motorcycle accidents happen every year, many people still believe several myths about motorcyclists and the accidents in which they are involved. Here are the most common myths about motorcycle accidents.
Motorcycle Accidents Are Always Caused by the Biker
Many people believe that motorcycle accidents are always or almost always caused by the motorcyclist. This is simply untrue. Many motorcycle accidents occur because motorists are unobservant, not seeing the biker on the road even though they are following all laws and reasonable behaviors. Motorcycle accidents can also be caused by unsafe weather conditions, unsafe construction zones, and other road hazards.
Laying the Bike Down Prevents Injury
You see it all the time in the action movies. The biker is about to crash, lays the bike on its side, and slides injury free across the asphalt. This does not work in real life! In fact, laying down your bike could be the worst thing you could do. There are many better ways to avoid an accident, and laying down your bike could cause you injuries that could have been avoided.
City Streets Are Safer than Highways
Many people believe that city streets are safer than highways because you are traveling at much lower speeds, but statistics show that more accidents happen on city streets. People on city streets are more distracted. There are also issues of right of way, traffic lights, and heavy traffic in general. You are actually safer on highways where you are more likely to be seen by motorists.
If you have recently been in a motorcycle accident and you are facing the stigma that these and other myths imply, contact us today for a free consultation. We will work on your side to make sure that you get the compensation you deserve.