More Than Just Road Burn: 4 Risks You Take When Riding A Motorcycle
Riding a motorcycle can be thrilling. You’ll feel the wind rushing at your body as you’re cursing at high speed down the road. Although you may be wearing your protective gear and helmet, you’re still putting yourself at risk. You know that, though, just like every other rider knows it. It’s worth the thrill and excitement; the freedom you feel; and the energy pulsing through you as you’re “riding through the danger zone”. That danger lurks everywhere, but if you’re still up for the ride then take a few moments to read about the risks that go along with it:
Chances are that you are already aware of how riding a motorcycle increases your risk of getting into an accident with a car. Still though, you may not realize how dangerous these accidents can be. Your motorcycle is much smaller and much less powerful than a car, especially with all of the larger vehicles on the roads these days. If you collide with a car, a strong chance exists that you will be hurt and possibly killed. These injuries could entirely change your life. For example, you may lose the ability to walk, or damage to your brain could render you unable to speak. Even if your injury isn’t that life-altering, it can still take you away from your hobbies and work as you’ll definitely need to take the time to recover.
As mentioned above, a collision with a car could mean death for you. Your vehicle does not have the strength of the car, and it cannot protect you the way that a larger vehicle could. Many people die every day in car accidents, so you could absolutely fall victim while riding a motorcycle. You may also be enjoying the freedom of the road so much that you aren’t paying attention and hit a child or an animal, thereby taking away this life.
You’ve probably seen motorcycles weaving in and out of traffic on highways and vowed never to do that, but riding a motorcycle tends to offer people a great deal of freedom. You may begin to forget about the past vows you made to yourself and engage in dangerous decisions on the road. These decisions could lead to consultations with legal representatives, like those at Blomberg, Benson & Garrett, thereby causing you to incur legal penalties.
While many people do not like to operate a car in severe weather conditions, they are able to do it if necessary. You could ride your motorcycle somewhere only to discover a major storm coming into the area later when you’re about to drive home. The inability to drive in serious weather conditions could lead you to miss a day of work or school. Even if this risk is not as serious as the others, it can negatively affect your life when it is recurring.
Risk Comes With Riding A Motorcycle
Riding a motorcycle is a risk, and you have to admit that fact to yourself. Failure to do so means you’re being unrealistic about the endeavor you’re about to undertake.
Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She graduated from the University of California-Sacramento with a degree in Journalism.