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The Consequences of Riding Your Motorcycle Unprotected

There have been some rumblings in and around my house of late. Two of the young men who are in a Bible study group my wife and I host have recently bought a motorcycle. My kids love to hear them roar out of our driveway.

motorcycleThey are responsible young men so I don’t worry about them so much. I don’t think they would do anything crazy on a bike. What I worry about are other drivers. I’m hoping they take as many precautions as necessary when they ride.

Any experienced and smart motorcyclist knows that you need to wear the right protective gear any time you get on a bike. It’s not just about staying on the right side of the law, but it’s also about your own personal safety.

The statistics bear that out. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2014 report, there were over 4,586 deaths resulting from motorcycle crashes. Although this was a decrease from the 4,692 deaths in 2013, the figures are still quite high.

Fatalities occurring from motorcycle accidents are much higher than those resulting from accidents involving passenger cars. According to the NHTSA’s 2013 report, the motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in an accident than passengers in a car. The report also shows that motorcyclists are five times more prone to injuries for every mile traveled compared to other vehicles on the road.

Don’t Be This Guy

I’ve learned some new terminology about biking recently, specifically about those who don’t take biking seriously.

Not all State governments are strict about wearing safety gear. Therefore, some motorcyclists take advantage and ride their bikes unprotected. These people are known as squids.

A squid is a motorcyclist who underestimates the dangers of riding a motorcycle and boasts about their riding skills. They ride without safety gear and perform tricks on their bikes. They deem themselves invincible.

Before you get sucked in by the idea that being a ‘squid’ is cool, check out the following consequences of riding your motorcycle unprotected:

1. You may suffer fines and penalties

Many states take motorcycle accident statistics seriously. They are now enforcing laws to ensure motorcyclists wear safety gear. If you’re found riding a motorcycle without safety gear by a law enforcement officer, you’re likely to be charged and will have to pay some fine or penalty as a result.

2. Exposure to the elements

The weather in various parts of the country can be extreme. It can be very hot in the summer and unbearably cold in the winter. Protective gear is necessary no matter what part of the country you’re riding your bike in. You’ll be exposed to windburn or sunburn without the right gear.

The right gear will also keep illnesses resulting from exposure at bay. You’ll be healthy enough to enjoy your bike for longer.

3. Exposure to serious injuries and increased chances of fatalities

Motorcycles don’t have protective structures such as those in cars to protect passengers and riders. The simple act of wearing a helmet when riding on a motorcycle will go a long way in protecting you from brain damage in case of an accident. Other protective gear including gloves, jackets, motorcycle jeans and riding boots will also protect your body in case of a fall.

4. Poor vision and greater risk of accidents

Wearing a helmet will ensure that you are able to see the road clearly. You’ll be protected from debris and bugs. Not wearing protection for your eyes will put you at risk of an accident.

5. You won’t be visible to other motorists

Motorcycles are small compared to other vehicles on the road. If you fail to wear brightly colored protective gear, other motorists on the road may fail to see you. This increases your chances of being involved in an accident.

Wearing protective gear is important for any motorcyclist and so is being fully covered with motorcycle insurance. Need some help on how to find a good quote? Check out this handy post on how to compare motorcycle insurance.

And above all, don’t be a squid. There is nothing cool about it. Sooner or later it will only lead you to disaster.

Questions for Discussion: Do you always wear safety gear? Have you ever seen someone doing something crazy on a bike?

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  1. Great article!
    I’m currently in Saigon, Vietnam. After seeing some of the accidents here I always wear protective gear!!
    Keep up the great work.

  2. Great article.
    I recently took a trip to Europe and noticed no one wearing a motorcycle jacket. It blew my mind how careless some people can be.
    Riders really need to take the time and choose gear that is comfortable and fits properly, when sitting in the riding position. Don’t just pick something that looks cool.

  3. Great post! Riding a bike is my passion, and before riding we use precautions that is good for all of us, and it helps to protect internal or external abrade.

  4. I have ever seen many motorbike accidents. In my country , there are many people who die because they drive motorbike unprotected. It is very dangerous for us. I worry about this matter.

  5. I’ve seen first hand the dangers of riding motorcycles in our neighborhood. Our next door neighbor is a widow who’s husband died in a motorcycle accident. He hit a deer at 60 MPH and was killed.

    Just last night on my way home from work there was a motorcycle accident where a FedEX truck hit a motorcyclist. The motorcycle rider was knocked unconscious and his leg was severed. He bled to death on the road before EMTs could help him. Scary stuff.

    If you’re going to ride a motorcycle just realize that there are very real dangers and one mistake by you or another driver can lead to you losing your life. Be careful!

    • From what I’ve seen, it’s not so much error by the motorcyclists, it’s other drivers that you need to be worried about. We had a man in our church who almost lost his life as well. Did nothing wrong but was hit bay another car who wasn’t paying attention. I understand the attraction some people have to motorcycles but I don’t think I’ll ever be on one.

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