For many motorcycle enthusiasts in Minnesota, summertime is all but synonymous with open road time. The ability to ride on a motorcycle without worries of ice or other inclement weather road hazards is a joy to bikers everywhere. However, no season or weather pattern can eliminate one of the biggest dangers faced by motorcyclists. That danger comes in the form of other drivers. Whether those drivers are distracted by their phones, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding or simply not paying close enough attention to the road, their actions and the choices they make can leave riders seriously injured or even killed in a flash.
The Memorial Day weekend is commonly considered the unofficial start to summer. For many people in Minnesota, that signals the real start to motorcycle season. Motorcyclists have the right to be able to enjoy their time on two wheels but always have to be aware of the risks that come with riding on the road with other vehicles.
You wear a helmet to protect your head in the event of a crash. As you ride your motorcycle, you remain vigilant and watch for any changes in traffic patterns or obstacles that could cause you to crash. Even so, you can't ensure that other drivers do the same. If you become involved in an accident because someone else failed to obey traffic laws, remain sober or pay attention to the road, you could suffer a traumatic brain injury even if you wear your helmet.
If you ride a motorcycle in Minnesota, you know a thrill and a joy that people in passenger cars can never experience. At the same time, you face a level of risk that is also not shared by people in other vehicles. Sadly, many of these risks are due to the negligence of other drivers. Sometimes a motorcyclist is not seen by a car and other times the driver of a vehicle may disregard a motorcycle due to its smaller size. Whatever the reason, the biker can be very vulnerable to serious injuries or even death when colliding with another vehicle.
If you have visited Asia, you have probably seen a different looking kind of bike. It moves faster, due to the assistance of an electric motor. No, these bikes are not motorcycles; they are what the transportation industry calls electric bicycles (e-bikes).