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Motorcycle accidents: Safety facts vs. fiction

There are many misconceptions that people have about the best ways for motorcycle riders to be safe on the road. At Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson & Covelli, we understand the importance of safety and how devastating the consequences of a motorcycle accident can be. Therefore, separating fact from fiction can help keep you and other motorcyclists on the road safe from harm.

One myth that many riders believe is that the louder your bike sounds, the more aware other drivers will be of your presence, according to the Huffington Post. However, because cars have things like loud radios and closable windows, a louder engine does not necessarily increase the chance that a driver will hear you coming. Also, since a motorcycle’s exhaust pipes face rearward, any sound the engine makes will not be directed toward the vehicles in front of you and therefore most likely would not prevent an accident.

There are a lot of choices out there for riders when it comes to helmets. Like some people, you may believe that a helmet with a full visor will limit your ability to see what is going on around you. However, the way these helmets are designed ensures that your peripheral vision is not affected, while at the same time keeping your face protected. In addition, while bigger, heavier cars may provide safety benefits for car drivers, the same may not be true for motorcyclists. If you are an inexperienced rider, a big heavy bike is going to be harder for you to control.

Finally, one of the biggest assumptions that many motorcyclists make is that they are visible to the other vehicles on the road. This is often not true, in part because of the blind spots many cars and trucks have. Therefore, driving defensively can prevent you from being in an accident caused by someone’s failure to sense your presence. For more information on crashes that affect motorcycle riders, please visit our web page.

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