As a motorcyclist, you know that it can be hard to stay safe on the road. Too many accidents happen that are entirely the fault of the other driver, and motorcyclists often find themselves suffering from far greater injuries in these wrecks.
One way that some riders try to combat this is by riding loud bikes. You’ve heard the common phrase “loud pipes safe lives.” In general, the issue is that drivers often say they never realized a motorcycle was even near their cars until they collided. As a motorcyclist, drawing more attention to yourself can help you avoid a wreck.
The hazards are stacked against you
The problem is that you’re facing more hazards out there on the roads, seemingly every day. In the spring and early summer, drivers just aren’t looking for motorcycles. On the weekends and after dark, you have to deal with increased numbers of drunk drivers. All year, you have to worry about distracted drivers who are looking at their phones or blaring their music as loud as they can — likely while singing along.
In short, loud pipes aren’t always enough — and studies have found that they typically can’t be heard inside modern cars, anyway. Drivers are often in their own world, not paying attention, and this causes devastating accidents. When a car strikes a bike, the driver may be fine, but the motorcyclist could have life-altering injuries.
You may be able to seek compensation
If you do get hit, you could be facing high medical bills, the increasing costs of lost wages and much more. You may be able to seek compensation from the driver who caused the crash.