Motorcycles Are Still Dangerous

February 20, 2018

Beware of Motorcycles

As the temperatures warm up, motorcycles will again be coursing up and down our streets and along our interstates.

While I am not anti-motorcycle by any means, they are so inherently dangerous that I always feel the need to warn about the realities that I see in my injury law office.

They are more dangerous for several reasons. First of all, motorcycles are involved in accidents that would not even be crashes if they were not on motorcycles. This is generally the fault of the other driver, usually a car or truck. Motorcycles are not very visible. And I know that we should look and we “should” see them. But “should” doesn’t create reality. A single headlight burning amongst a sea of cars behind a motorcycle prevents one from easily judging distance or picking that motorcycle out.

And that brings us to the second thing, which is that motorcycles can accelerate much more quickly than cars and tend to do so. Therefore, they are very close to a driver before she has picked them out of the group.  That makes a left turn the most dangerous to a motorcyclist. We see this a lot on Germantown Road as an example. 

Thirdly, they are inherently unstable when affected by anything other than the driver. This can be something as simple as a little bit of gravel in a turn, or the clipping of the mirror of a truck or the bumping of a back tire by a car unable to stop. Any of those can prove fatal for the motorcyclist. None of those would be anything more than a harassment for someone in the vehicle. 

Since we represent folks who are injured in motorcycle accidents, or more often killed, my reality check should not be confused with the lack of sympathy for the motorcycle rider. He has a right to assume everyone else will obey the laws and they tend to be some of the safest drivers on the road. Now that being true, we’ve all seen the idiots kick up a wheelie and walk it down Germantown Road. Those folks’ life expectancy is literally months. But for the average driver of the motorcycle, especially big Harleys, they are very careful. That being said, none of us would want to be sitting in the back of a pick-up truck doing 70 down the interstate wearing their helmet and told, “Hey if anything happens, just jump clear and, hopefully, you won’t hit anything big.”  That’s not a very good plan. But for all intents and purposes that’s pretty much riding a motorcycle. Y’all be safe out there and look twice.  You can save a life.  Look left, look right and then left again. If you’re in doubt on the left turn, don’t take it!


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