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What are the risks of riding a motorcycle instead of driving?

Motorcycle accidents are one of the most dangerous types of traffic accidents in America. Even when wearing a full bodysuit and helmet, you will not have the same level of protection as occupants of passenger vehicles. Because of this, broken bones, head injuries, neck injuries and other serious conditions are risks to consider.

According to a Forbes article, one way to reduce motorcycle accidents starts with crash warning and prevention systems. The writer believes that these systems could better prepare bikers and your bikes to either avoid or survive an accident. However, crash warning systems are rarely included on motorcycles, though some companies are trying to change this.

Drivers also need to do a better job of recognizing motorcycles when they enter the roadways, make a turn or change lanes. Failure to notice bikers is one of the top causes of motorcycle accidents. Ironically, the drivers are not the only ones at fault. Crash warning systems often do not detect motorcycles either as they are often designed to detect other passenger vehicles, and sometimes, pedestrians.

While motorcycle accidents are commonly caused by cars and larger vehicles, you may also become involved in a single-vehicle accident due to losing control of the bike. This may happen while speeding, or it may happen if you are forced to avoid an unexpected obstacle. Stability control systems might help bikers to retain control, thus savings lives.

Choosing to ride a motorcycle comes at a greater risk than getting behind the wheel. Even so, it has its perks. If manufacturing companies create better technology, and drivers and riders do a better job of sharing the road, Pennsylvania may see a dramatic decline in motorcycle-related injuries and fatalities.

This article provides information on motorcycle accidents and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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