Wisconsin has enough motorcycles in it to warrant special attention to motorcycle safety. From frozen roads to streetcar tracks, hazards to bikes are many and often pose a greater danger to two-wheeled vehicles than the four-wheeled ones.
With less external protection for riders than a car or truck would provide, motorcyclists face enough challenges on Wisconsin roads. Unfortunately, riders are also subject to a higher chance of injury or death if they encounter a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Motorcycles are a lot of fun compared to cars and trucks, but they also come with dangers unmatched by other vehicles. The lack of external protection for drivers and passengers can spell danger or even death in the case of a collision.
You have likely heard that motorcycles are more dangerous than cars, that they result in higher accident fatality rates and that their small size and lack of safety features play a large role. Statistically speaking, this is correct. Motorcycles do result in more deaths because many accidents that people may survive in cars end up taking lives with motorcycles.
Does the idea of your teen operating a motorcycle fill you with dread? As parents, we understand this dread because we feel the same way. Like you, we want to protect our children and keep them safe from harm. While we all can forbid our kids to ride motorcycles, this could cause rebellion and risky behaviors that may increase their odds of injury. So, what is a parent to do when their child just wants to ride?
You have a right to the road on your motorcycle at all hours, but many motorcyclists voluntarily opt to stay home after dark. The problem is that nighttime driving can increase the risk on what is already a high-risk vehicle. Some of the additional risks you face could include:
If you ask anyone what color motorcycle riders tend to wear most often, they're going to say that it is black. It may be a cliche, but many riders do wear black leather jackets and dark helmets.
Motorcycle helmet laws vary from state to state. So, do you need one in Wisconsin? You may, but only in select situations. Most drivers are not required to wear a helmet at all if they so choose.
For motorcyclists, defensive driving is one key to staying safe on Wisconsin's roads. To do this, riders need to overcome one of the most basic -- and dangerous -- assumptions that people tend to make:
For many people, riding a motorcycle is like riding a bike. They can take months to years off from doing so, get back on and have no trouble picking up right where they left off in the past. For others, getting back on a motorcycle for the first time in years can be scary, especially if they are older. It can also be difficult for some if they aren't quite sure how to balance, care for the bike or protect themselves on the road.