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I’ve never been a fan of motorcycles. Well, that may not be entirely true. I haven’t been a fan of motorcycles since I was eight years old and wrecked my cousin’s miniature dirt bike. I still have the scar on my left knee from that wreck. Since then I’ve said no to riding on two wheels. As an adult, my balance improved, but the thought of riding a bike gives me acid reflux. I feel as if they are really impractical. I think to myself, “What if it rains and I am caught in the weather without a tasteful poncho.” Honestly, I’d much rather own a 2017 Toyota Sienna over an all new Harley-Davidson. That was until Jurassic World premiered last year and Chris Pratt showed up riding on a Triumph Scrambler. I will do anything Chris Pratt tells me to do. If he asked me to rob a bank while wearing a Dallas Cowboys shirt, I would do it without thinking twice. If I could be half as cool as him that would be amazing. A quick Google search told me that a new one was a little less than $10,000. Surely I could pick one up a used for even less. For about two weeks I seriously considered buying this motorcycle. I eventually talked myself out of the purchase. By then the New Mission Impossible film was released and I turned my attention to whatever Jeremy Renner was trying to sell me. Before abandoning my two-wheeled chariot dreams, I made note of the all of the information out there about motorcycle safety. Keep in mind, I was not personally vested in personal injury at this time, so for me to notice this type of rhetoric, it means that there is an abundance of it in our culture. Motorcycle safety is everywhere. The first things I noticed, and still to this day question, were cars displaying bumper stickers pleading with other motorists to be careful around motorcycles. My cynical inner demon wanted to poke fun at these drivers. “Why do you care, you drive a car.” The bumper sticker was one facet of this safety obsession. Soon I noticed billboards, television commercials, social media campaigns, Snapchat filters, and even live demonstrations warning me about the safety of motorcycle riders. This movement was as ambitious as Pokémon Go; however, people weren’t getting bored with it after a few days. Are motorcycles really that dangerous? Was everyone’s mother right to warn us not to ride them? Now that I do research for Personal Injury claims, I had to see what I could find out. What makes a motorcycle so dangerous? What I found out was beyond surprising. Take this journey through motorcycle safety with me. Here are the 6 surprising aspects of motorcycle safety.
Since starting my research for this blog topic, I have found myself paying more attention to motorcycles on the road. My opinion of the riders has changed. Not everyone on a Harley is like a character from Sons of Anarchy and not every young man on a sport bike is like the bad guys from every movie ever made. They’re just people participating in a hobby that they enjoy. It’s no different than when I scrapbook or say mean things about celebrities on Twitter. I still don’t think I’ll ever buy a motorcycle for myself. I mean, I like to eat and drive way too much! But, I’ve learned so much about motorcycle safety in the past few months. I am more careful around them now. I simply put myself in the rider’s shoes. If I were riding a motorcycle, I would want other motorists to be more careful around me too. Granted, there are a lot of things motorcyclists can do to keep themselves safe, but car drivers have to play a part too.
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Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law