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Motorcycle safety is no accident

It is probably safe to say that it is a generally held view that motorcycle riding is risky business. It certainly is widely accepted that if you are motorcyclist involved in a crash you are more likely to be injured than, say, someone riding in a car or a truck.

But all things being equal -- that is, if every driver on the road could be assured that every other driver on the road was being equally cautious and attentive to what they were doing -- there is a school of thought that says that motorcycles are actually safer than cars. Could this be?

Perhaps there is an argument to be made. We'll lay out what we understand to be some of the key propositions here and allow the reader to decide.

The case, in brief, goes like this. If a motorcyclist is competent, has experience and has taken defensive motorcycle driver training, they are less likely to have an accident because:

  1. They have a better view of the road. Motorcycle riders don't have the same level of blind-spot limitations as car and truck drivers. Seasoned riders can see danger sooner and react more quickly.
  1. Motorcycles are more maneuverable. Being smaller than other vehicles is a distinct advantage and that size means more options for evasion in emergencies. The attentive biker can swerve, thread between lanes, reach the shoulder or accelerate out of trouble more quickly.
  1. Riders face fewer distractions. You can't eat or text while driving a motorcycle. You can't do makeup or read the paper. You are so close to the road that you know you have to pay attention to it.
  1. Presume others' recklessness. If you've been riding for decades, there's probably a reason. It's not because you're reckless. But others can be and a veteran motorcyclist has learned to anticipate that.

Of course, accidents still do happen. When they occur because of another's negligence and the result is serious or fatal injury to a motorcyclist, the right to seek compensation remains. Victims and their loved ones should not be shy about contacting an experienced attorney.

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