Are you considering buying a motorcycle? Though their cool reputation and sense of freedom may be appealing, it’s important to know what you are getting into. There are ways to be a safe motorcyclist, but the facts are it’s far more difficult than a car.

Drivers don’t always look for you

Though you may be a safe and cautious driver, not everyone remembers to check for motorcycles. So far in 2020, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has reported 986 motorcycle crashes. There is a high margin of drivers who don’t check for motorcycles or yield to them.

Crashing on a motorcycle can be very severe

Motor accidents of any kind are damaging and can even be fatal, but especially so in motorcycle accidents. Without the coverage that a car provides, riders are far more vulnerable in the event of a crash. In 2018, 86% of motorcycle crashes resulted in bodily injury.

Motorcycles can be difficult to control

Whether it’s due to ease of driving or adrenaline, your motorcycle can get away from you. 34% of motorcycle crashes don’t involve another vehicle, but rather are due to riders who drive too fast, especially around turns.

Motorcycles provide a lot of positives, especially in beautiful and warm areas like Florida. However, those considering buying one should think carefully about the risks involved. Experts suggest that every motorcyclist wears a helmet, protective clothing and bright colors.

There are always going to be vehicle accidents, but with a lack of awareness, protection and control, motorcycles can be especially dangerous.