Motorcycles have gained popularity as a form of transportation and recreation in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States. More and more people are giving up their four-wheeled vehicles and embracing life on two wheels. For some people, motorcycles are just another form of transportation while others see motorcycles as a way to be “free” to enjoy the open road. Whatever the reason, riding a motorcycle offers several advantages over driving a car.
What Can You Expect If You Ride a Motorcycle?
- Motorcycles cost less to operate. Motorcycles use less gas, which means more savings at the pump and fewer stops. In fact, this is one of the main reasons people choose to ride their motorcycles to work even in inclement weather.
- Motorcycles are often easier to maintain. Parts are more easily accessible, which reduces the cost of labor. Many people can even do their own repairs, which further reduces the cost of ownership.
- Parking is easier with a motorcycle. They are smaller and can fit in parking spaces that are too tight for other vehicles. There are fewer accidents when parking a motorcycle than a car. You also have less of a chance of getting in an accident when you pull out of your space because you can see the area easier than you can when driving a larger vehicle.
- Leaving less of a carbon footprint. Motorcycles have fewer emissions compared to other vehicles. You can feel better about operating a motorcycle because you are not contributing to pollution as much as you would if you were operating a large vehicle.
- Maintain resale value. If you take care of your motorcycle, your vehicle won’t depreciate as quickly as a car. Most motorcycles maintain their resale value much better than other vehicles.
A Major Disadvantage of Riding a Motorcycle
Unfortunately, a major disadvantage of riding a motorcycle is the fact that other drivers don’t pay enough attention to cyclists. Motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles; therefore, many drivers don’t see motorcyclists until it is too late. Drivers pull out in front of motorcyclists or rear-end motorcycles at intersections. Because distracted driving is becoming one of the most common causes of automobile accidents, motorcyclists must take their safety into their own hands by paying close attention to other drivers because other drivers are simply not paying attention to their surroundings.
When a motorcyclist is in an accident, he or she is at a greater risk of severe, traumatic injury because there is nothing protecting the rider from the impact of a collision. A driver in an automobile has the metal frame of the vehicle to protect him in a collision, in addition to airbags and other safety features. The motorcyclist receives the full impact of the collision. A motorcycle accident can result in life-altering, permanent injuries that can result in substantial financial damages in addition to the physical and emotional damages.
Call an Erie, PA Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you are injured in a Pennsylvania motorcycle accident, you have the right to receive compensation from the driver who caused the accident. However, because motorcyclists face unfair and untrue biases about their safety and driving habits, insurance companies like to blame the motorcyclist for the accident event though the rider is not at fault. An experienced Erie motorcycle accident attorney understands these prejudices and how to overcome them in an accident claim.
Contact The Travis Law Firm toll-free at (800) 401-2066 to schedule a free legal consultation with an Erie motorcycle accident lawyer. Don’t fight the insurance company alone — let our attorney fight for your right to receive fair and full compensation for your injuries.