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Motorcycle safety myths to ignore

Whether a Texas resident is new to riding or has many years on a motorcycle, rider safety should be a top priority. However, there are certain myths about rider clothing or bike accessories that may make it harder to keep users safe. For instance, many people believe that bikers wear leather only because it looks cool. In reality, leather offers padding and protection while riding.

Some riders avoid helmets that cover the face because of concerns that the headgear will block their vision. The good news is that federal regulations mandate that they allow for at least 210 degrees of visibility. They also keep wind, bugs and other debris out of a rider's face, which can cut down on distractions.

Another interesting myth is that loud tailpipes work better to help others hear a motorcycle while it is on the road. The truth is that the noise is directed backwards, which makes it unlikely anyone in front of a rider is going to hear the bike coming. Furthermore, riders shouldn't assume that a driver in a car is going to see a bike coming at the vehicle. Part of effective defensive driving is to assume drivers can't see the bike and to drive carefully around tight turns to prevent overbraking that could result in a crash.

Motorcyclists who are hit by vehicles could face head injuries and other significant harm that could require extensive medical care and treatment. In the event that the accident was caused by a car driver who was distracted, impaired or otherwise negligent, as is sometimes the case, legal counsel could help pursue compensation for the losses sustained through a personal injury lawsuit filed against the at-fault motorist.

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