The dangers of riding on a motorcycle are obvious. We have all heard the horror stories, and it’s obvious how vulnerable a motorcycle is in traffic in comparison to a car. And although more female riders are choosing to purchase their own motorcycles, if one partner wants a motorcycle while the other is hesitating with trepidation, today it is still usually the husband who wants a bike while the wife is worried about death and disaster (and rightly so, in some cases).
With over half a million motorcycles registered in the state of Florida, this is obviously a mode of transportation that is not slowing in popularity anytime soon—and there must be some good reasons behind that. So whether your spouse has surprised you with such a request, or if this has been an ongoing conversation (but a reluctant one on your part), it is important to understand the benefits too of having a motorcycle—and especially if it does not seem like your spouse wants to back down on the idea!
Let’s look at the downsides first:
- Motorcycles lack the protection that cars have and the potential for injury in an accident is much greater.
- Motorcyclists are in greater danger in traffic—and motorists are often the biggest threat.
- Motorists and truck drivers often do not see the motorcyclist and will cite the lack of visibility in an accident. This is usually simply because motorcycles are in the minority and others are used to looking for cars or larger trucks, rather than motorcyclists, bicyclists, or pedestrians.
- Areas like intersections and road construction zones are hot spots for accidents, along with added difficulty in traveling safely during bad weather.
There are many good points if you can get past the safety worries:
- The economics of riding a motorcycle can be substantially cheaper. The initial cost or monthly payment is usually much lower too.
- Fuel and maintenance cost much less.
- Motorcycle insurance is considerably less.
- There are many health benefits to riding a motorcycle, with every ride being a core workout.
The spiritual, Zen aspect of riding a motorcycle cannot be overlooked either, as motorcyclists not only enjoy the fresh air and freedom, but they also enjoy a camaraderie amongst other motorcyclists.
If your spouse is considering getting a motorcycle, but you are still worried, the best thing to do is continue an ongoing conversation, mainly revolving around safety. To get licensed, they will have to take a course, and this includes reviewing many safety rules and regulations, as well as training. Along with all the basic information and learning how to ride (if that is a need due to a novice driver), all motorcyclists should know what to do in the case of an accident.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!
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