When looking for a new motorcycle helmet, you spend your time thinking about the way that it looks. What color do you like? What decals make it stand out? What style looks the coolest as you cruise down the street?
Motorcycle fatalities happen far too often. The statistics make it clear that riding a bike increases your odds of losing your life in an accident, and the increase is fairly dramatic.
For many motorcycle riders, part of the allure is riding in a group. They like the social atmosphere this offers. It's a way to meet new people and spend time with friends. In this sense, it's far less about having another transportation option to get from Point A to Point B than the experience of riding itself.
Many motorcycle accidents happen when cars and trucks turn left in front of riders. They're some of the most dangerous crashes because the motorcycle rider may have no way to avoid the crash and may be traveling at a high rate of speed during the impact. Who is at fault?
You're thinking of buying your first motorcycle. You know that riding a bike is more dangerous than riding in a car, but you're willing to accept that risk. Still, you want to make things as safe as you can. Are some types of bikes riskier?
Arizona Bike Week was supposed to be a celebration, but it turned into more of a memorial after a well-known motorcyclist and bike builder was killed in an accident. He has been described as one of the top bike builders working in the industry right now -- he once built a bike for Brad Pitt -- and he knew many of the people who gathered in Arizona.
It's become very clear that riding a motorcycle is dangerous. Already this spring in Arizona, a pair of accidents claimed lives and left family members with plenty of questions.
You get into a motorcycle accident while wearing a helmet and the crash is not your fault. Another driver pulls out in front of you, but you still wind up in the hospital with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). You survive and partially recover, but the doctors warn you that TBIs don't always fully heal. When you head home, you'll have some significant changes with which to cope.
You're sitting at a stoplight when a car cruises by you in the left lane, clearly intent on running the red light. You honk your horn and watch in horror as they plow right into a motorcycle that was legally driving through the intersection.
You know that wearing a motorcycle helmet helps you avoid a head injury in a crash; it's common sense, and it's backed up by countless studies. What you want to know, though, is if there is a specific type of helmet that helps the most. Or are you relatively in the same position no matter what you buy?