Motorcycles: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Dangers?

As the roads continue to grow more dangerous for motorcycles in Florida, hazards abound from the moment you start the motor. It would be nice to think that this is an understatement, but as distracted drivers just continue to increase, despite stronger laws and texting bans, anyone traveling must practice extreme diligence in driving defensively and taking any extra safety measures available.

While the ability to enjoy the outdoors is one of the greatest advantages of riding a motorcycle, the health benefits are surprisingly expansive too. A motorcycle is much heavier than toting around a regular bicycle—and involves a lot more physical effort in comparison to getting into a car. Every ride is a complete core and body work out. As a motorcyclist, you must use your arm and leg strength constantly, and the center of your body is used as you continually maneuver through starting, stopping, and traveling in traffic. Posture, neck, and back muscles are consistently strengthened also. This is not an exercise for the weak, but it will build them into the strong!

There are dangers in taking any vehicle to the streets, with even walking presenting a dangerous proposition in many cities. It is up to you to decide which form of transportation you prefer. One of the obvious problems with motorcycles is that the operator is more vulnerable without the protection of a 4,000-pound metal car, or a much heavier truck. Other motorists are often not paying as much attention as they should to the road and do not see motorcyclists. While this is their responsibility, they may be so used to looking for other larger vehicles that they do not take time to notice those traveling on two wheels, or foot.

If you choose to ride a motorcycle, it is not an endeavor that should be taken lightly. Be certain that you purchase a motorcycle you can handle, whether you are a novice or not, and that you are equipped with all the necessary gear, from a helmet for your head to boots for your feet, protective clothing, and even eye goggles and gloves when necessary.

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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