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Are motorcycles more dangerous than other vehicles?

Heading out to enjoy the open road on a motorcycle is something that many people look forward to. As much as they enjoy this activity, they probably have safety on their mind when they jump on the bike. This is for a good reason. Motorcyclists are 29 times more likely to die in an accident than a person in a car.

When you think about that statistic, you might wonder why you are willing to take the risk. One of the most common reasons is that motorcyclists know they can drive safely and many of them trust other drivers to drive as safely as possible.

Why are motorcycles more unsafe?

One of the primary issues with a motorcycle is that it is unstable in emergency circumstances. A motorcycle is likely going to wobble and possibly tip over when the motorcyclist has to stop suddenly or make an evasive maneuver to avoid an obstacle in the road. This isn't necessarily a design flaw. It is just a byproduct of having only two wheels.

How can motorcyclists increase their safety?

Typically, motorcyclists are very safe drivers. Making sure to wear a helmet and keeping the motorcycle in good order are two ways to stay safe. They also need to obey traffic laws and respect the right-of-way laws. Unfortunately, other drivers might not reciprocate this and motorcyclists might be injured in a crash.

When other drivers don't give motorcyclists the respect they deserve, the innocent and safe driving biker might be the one to suffer. This can lead to claims for compensation in some cases.

Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, "Motorcycles," accessed March 16, 2018

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