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Debunking common motorcycle myths

Riding a motorcycle on the roads of Kentucky can be breathtaking and scary all at once. Even if you are the safest of riders, you don't know how others around you will react when seeing a motorcycle. Before you head out on another adventure, take a look at some common motorcycle myths that have been debunked.

One of the most common myths is that a full-face helmet will restrict your line of vision when operating a motorcycle. This is false due to the standards set forth by the Department of Transportation (DOT). The DOT requires all helmet manufacturers to provide riders with a 210-foot field of view when making full-face helmets. The field of view is so large that your peripheral vision will not be blocked by the helmet.

It cannot be said enough that you should never operate a motorcycle under the premise that other drivers will see you. This cannot be further from the truth. You will not be seen by other drivers. You must do everything possible to get noticed, including not driving in blind spots, wearing reflective clothing and positioning your bike in safe zones at stop lights.

Many novice riders are told to purchase a bigger bike because of the weight. This is a myth that has caused many a biker to suffer an accident. A bigger bike will be more difficult to handle for a new rider. New riders likely won't know how to handle the weight, how to balance the bike or how to turn it properly.

The interstate is more dangerous than side streets is our final myth to debunk today. According to statistics from a 2007 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study, 91 percent of all motorcycle accidents involving a motor vehicle happened on non-interstate roads.

Have you or a loved one suffered an injury from a motorcycle accident in Jefferson? Contact us today to discuss your injuries, how the accident happened, and to find out how you can receive compensation for your injuries.

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