Bikers Face Unique Issues on the Road
An expert opinion
To find out what issues bikers encounter on the road, we asked a fellow biker who has been riding for over 25 years. His name is Claude Wyle and he also happens to be an attorney in California and member of the Advocate Law Group network whose practice focuses on all aspects of biking accidents. Wyle explained, Bikers face a bit more of a risk just in getting to work or school, or wherever theyre going, and thats somewhat of a reward for being out there in the elements. Congestion on the roadway is also less safe for the cars, so they are actually doing something good for the environment, good for the traffic flow and are also creating less need for parking in a city environment.
Greater risk of injury
Being unprotected on the roadways exposes bikers, especially those on motorcycles, to a greater risk of injury. Wyle explained, The unique problem that motorcyclists face is that if they get knocked off their bike, they get hurt a lot worse than if they were in a car and had a fender bender. You can have two cars come together, they can slam, get dented metal and torn plastic and you might even get some soft tissue injuries. If a motorcyclist is hit at the same speed, theyre going to fall off their bike and somethings going to get hurt. Its pretty rare that a motorcyclist gets knocked off their bike and theres absolutely nothing wrong with them.
Experienced riders protect themselves
Bikers of all kinds can do a variety of things to combat the dangers they face on the roadways. For example, many motorcyclists wear good protective gear which protects them, to a certain degree, from being seriously injured in an accident. However, as Wyle pointed out, many others dont and its something that he says just isnt smart. It pains me to see a lot of the newer riders out there on a sunny day riding in sandals, shorts and a t-shirt. Most experienced motorcyclists wear protective gear. However, despite the protective gear, they still get hurt and perhaps they would get hurt a lot worse if they didnt wear their protective gear.
Make sure cars can see and hear you
Wyle says that cars just dont often see motorcycles very well, or if they do see them, it doesnt register in the auto drivers mind that theyve got to do something to avoid hitting them. He continued, I think its a good idea for all motorcyclists to make themselves more visible and more heard. Theres a saying that loud pipes save lives and Im a firm believer in that. A lot of times, somebody might not see you, but they can hear you coming especially if youre coming right up alongside of them. A motorcycle exhaust system, if its loud, is going to rattle everybody inside the car and perhaps that driver will then perceive that theres somebody to avoid and not make a lane change.
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