When most people think of motorcycles, they envision the exhilaration of the ride. They seldom stop to think about the dangers associated with riding a motorbike on the open road.
Various factors, including the type of motorcycle that someone purchases, can affect a rider’s injury or fatality risk.
Dangers associated with large motorcycles
Larger motorcycles tend to have wider frames and thus can be challenging to mount. It can be difficult for a rider who lacks upper body strength to maneuver a large bike safely.
Motorcyclists who try to operate motorbikes that are too tall for them may also find it difficult to brake on demand. A rider may also be unable to stand flat-footed on the ground and balance their bike if the motorcycle is too tall.
Problems with touring and cruising motorcycles
Touring and cruising motorcycles are often talked about interchangeably, although there’s a difference between the two. It’s commonplace for cruising bikes to have low-lying seats. While touring motorcycles also have these, they tend to weigh a bit more than cruising bikes, a factor that can easily crush a motorcyclist in an accident.
It’s often difficult for riders to balance either one of these bikes. While adding a sidecar may help with balancing, riders may have to apply for a special endorsement beyond their two-wheel one before adding this extra car.
The risk of poorly-maintained motorcycles
Motorcyclists can significantly reduce their chances of suffering life-altering injuries by making sure that their vehicles are in good operating order. Having the right tires for the road (and keeping them properly inflated) is a must. So is making sure that headlights, taillights and brakes are all working correctly.
Even when motorcyclists take time to do their research and buy the right motorcycle type and maintain it, they can still end up involved in an accident. Fortunately, Virginia law allows motorcyclists who suffered injuries in a crash to hold any negligent motorists who struck them liable for their actions. An attorney can advise you of your right to file a lawsuit in your Manassas case.