They should not be allowed on the road and should be banned because they are a harmful piece of equipment that can cause a lot of danger to anyone who is riding them. First of all the body structure of a motorcycle is too small, second, the immaturity of the people who drive them puts them at a higher risk of having an accident and third, there is not enough to protect the human body when an accident does occur. I believe that buying a motorcycle is like buying your coffin.
The Roads are dangerous enough with all the SUV’s, big rigs and the average size vehicle that it is scary, when a small structured object on two wheels comes passing you by, going way past the normal speed limit. Most motorcycles are very small and narrow and are hard to spot while looking in your rearview mirror. They can easily fit into small spaces and when they are next to a car they end up in what’s known as the “blind spot”. This becomes a bigger problem at night time because motorcyclists don’t normally wear any reflectors on their gear.
One of the things that scares me the most while driving because it’s happened to me before that while I feel that I am driving safely and I put my signal to change lanes and check my mirrors to make sure it is clear, I go to change over, when all of a sudden I see a motorcycle swerve to the side of me and as he speeds up to pass me, he turns to look at me while nodding his head and giving me the finger. Motorcyclist are always speeding, it’s as if they feel that this is the only way to ride a motorcycle.
They are especially bad when they are on the freeway they treat it as open access to drive as fast as their motorcycle will allow them to go. Not only are they speeding but they are constantly changing lanes at the same time. This puts them at a higher risk of suffering an accident because cars can easily not see them and take them out unintentionally. The majority of motorcycle riders are the younger generation who drive the fancy racer bikes. The other types of bikers are the older generation usually retired who enjoy their Harley Davidson bike just to cruise on by and enjoy the scenery.
Regardless of who is on the bike and whatever type of bike it might be we have to prevent them from losing their lives. Most of the younger crowd drivers ride their bikes like maniacs, it’s like if they think that they are invincible and nothing could ever happen to them. They start speeding from the moment they drive away, pulling stunts as they ride in groups on the freeway, lifting their bikes up and only riding on one wheel. Others just simply like to race one another on the freeway ignoring the rest of the traffic.
I have seen motorcyclist jump on top of their seats and just hold on with one hand while driving on the streets. They treat the road and other drivers with no respect; it’s like if they believe that they are the only ones on the road. For the older crowd it may not be their reckless driving that puts them at risk of losing their lives but the everyday things such as poor weather conditions, the glare from the sun that obstructs others from seeing them on the road or even something snapping off of another vehicle like a muffler that just comes straight at the motorcyclist without any warning.
These incidents happen every day and it doesn’t necessarily have to be any one’s fault but the bikes. Motorcycle accidents almost always result in injuries, which can result in extensive medical bills and treatments. This can lead into loss wages, pain and suffering or even emotional turmoil. This is because there is not enough to protect the body if a motorcycle is involved in any type of accident. The law requires for motorcyclist to wear a helmet because it is the safest way to prevent motorcycle accident fatalities but this is not enough.
In reality how much more can someone wear to help prevent bodily injuries? While working at an orthopedic medical office I have witnessed many patients arrive for treatment after being in a motorcycle accident. I can remember one in particular he was a twenty year old patient brought in on a gurney, he was not able to walk due to bilateral tibia fractures. He had splints on both hands because he had also fractured both of his wrist and worst yet he had sustained a head injury which resulted in having memory loss, mental retardation and problems with his motor functions.
This was the result of him simply deciding to get on his motorcycle one day and was not seen coming when a car in front of him decided to change lanes at the same time that he was passing through. He was wearing his helmet but it was blown off at the point of impact. Now, not only is he stuck with a wreck body and with a brain that doesn’t allow him to remember the name of his one year old daughter, but also an enormous medical bill because unfortunately for him he did not have any medical insurance.
In the end it is not only the motorcycles that get damaged at the point of impact but also the driver and his loved ones. When someone decides to purchase a motorcycle it is only a matter of time before they end up getting hurt because even the safest of motorcycle drivers will end up in an accident. This is all in consequence of motorcycles small body structure, the immaturity of their drivers and the lack of protection that motorcycles provide to their owners. Let’s not just save one life but many, by not allowing motorcycles to go on the road ever again.