There are some inherent dangers to operating a motorcycle, which has led to a number of misconceptions about the role motorcycles play in traffic accidents. Even motorcycle drivers themselves might be under misconceptions that can lead to an accident.
Understanding some of the most common myths surrounding motorcycles can help you remain safe next time you go for a joyride.
1. Lane splitting is acceptable
Lane splitting is the act of weaving back and forth between lanes through traffic, and it is illegal in New York as well as most other states. Motorcyclists who practice lane splitting are exhibiting a distinct lack of caution that can easily lead to motorcycle-related fatalities.
2. Larger motorcycles are safer
Many motorcycle riders believe that a larger bike is more stable and easier to control. While there may be some truth to this, it can lead to a false sense of invulnerability. The resulting misconception causes undue recklessness and raises the risk of an accident.
3. Accidents are less likely on city streets
Motorcycles are often associated with high-speed cruising on the open highway, leading to the misconception that the slower pace of city streets is safer by comparison. In fact, 60 percent of motorcycle fatalities recorded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2017 occurred in urban areas.
Motorcycle accidents can cause serious physical damage and are not always the fault of bikers. If you experience trauma in a motorcycle-related incident, a personal injury attorney can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.