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Choppers and Cruisers: How Different Motorcycles Carry Their Own Accident Risks


Motorcycle enthusiasts often share how riding their motorcycle throughout Florida gives them a sense of freedom and adventure that doesn’t exist when taking another mode of transportation. Of course, people use their motorcycles  for different reasons, some to commute to work while others take long rides on weekends. Because of this, some riders are attracted to one kind of bike while others prefer another.

When considering investing in a motorcycle, it is important to recognize not all motorcycles are created equal, and each type comes with its own set of advantages and risks. Understanding the distinctions between bikes can help motorcycle operators to take steps to ride as safely as possible, and if you are involved in a collision, talk to a Delray Beach personal injury attorney about your personal recovery options.

Cruisers Are an All-American Classic

Known for their relaxed riding position, low-slung frames, and powerful engines, cruisers are a popular choice for long-distance rides. They are a popular choice, but cruisers also carry specific risks, including the following.

  • Maneuverability issues. As heavyweight bikes with longer wheelbases, cruisers may be less agile and slower to respond in emergency situations. Some find it difficult to manage sudden stops or swerves.
  • Cruisers have a low profile, this can make them less visible to other drivers.
  • Experience is required. It is common for novice riders to struggle with the weight and power of cruiser motorcycles, increasing the risk of accidents, so taking time to learn how to handle the bike is essential.

Agile Sport Bikes and Custom Choppers

A favorite of motorcycle riders who like speed and agility, sport bikes have performance features that allow them to zip through twisty roads. While some see the speed of the aerodynamic design or sport bikes as a thrill-seeking advantage, high speeds can lead to high-velocity accidents and severe injuries. Inexperience can be an issue with sport bikes as well, the power of the sleek design can result in novice riders being overconfident and engaging in aggressive driving behaviors that create accident risks.

One-of-a-kind creations known as choppers are also popular, with their unique and eye-catching designs. Choppers are favored by riders looking for a personalized experience, but it also needs to be noted that modifying a motorcycle can affect its handling, increasing the potential for accidents if not done correctly, and elaborate designs and extended front forks can obstruct the rider’s view. Plus, there is the possibility of choppers lacking the safety features found in factory-made motorcycles, such as brakes with anti-lock features and traction control systems.

When a rider takes time to plan and choose the right bike for their needs, accident likelihood may be reduced. Should an injury be sustained in a motorcycle accident, regardless of the type of bike, seek legal counsel without delay. Talk to a Delray Beach personal injury attorney to receive the compensation you deserve.

How did a motorcycle type influence your Florida accident? Share the details of your injury and your accident-related expenses with the lawyers at Earnhart Law in Delray Beach. Call 561-265-2220 or contact us online.

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