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Motorcycle safety myths to forget

Warmer weather in California often inspires motorcyclists to hit the roadways. As more motorcycles begin using the highways and roads, some passenger car drivers may be surprised by the increase in motorcycle traffic. To stay safe, new and experienced bikers alike should try to forget some of the most common motorcycle safety myths.

One of the most common myths about motorcycle riding is that motorcyclists wear leather because they think it looks cool. While many bikers may like the way leather jackets look, even those who dislike the look of leather would be wise to wear it while they ride. Leather can protect bikers from scrapes and bruises during a crash and shield them from wind chill.

Another motorcycle safety myth that can be dangerous to believe is that new riders should opt for bigger motorcycles. These are actually much harder to maneuver than smaller ones, and new riders may want to steer clear of them until they get more experience and confidence. Something that can have a negative impact on motorcycle safety is the belief that riding on streets is safer than riding on highways. In fact, a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that 91 percent of accidents involving a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle take place on non-interstate roads.

When an accident involving a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle occurs, the motorcyclist often suffers the most harm, and in some cases broken bones and other injuries can result. When it can be demonstrated that the collision was caused by an inattentive or otherwise negligent car driver, an attorney might suggest that an advisable way of seeking compensation would be the filing of a personal injury lawsuit.

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