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Novices should be very careful with sidecars

On Behalf of | Aug 7, 2018 | Firm News, Motorcycle Accidents |

People often think of sidecars as substantially safer and easier to drive than motorcycles. A lot of it has to do with balance. A traditional bike can tip over on its own and needs support and balance from the driver, especially at stoplights, while a bike with a sidecar stays up on its own.

That said, experts warn that this can be deceptive. They are quick to point out that sidecars handle far differently than traditional motorcycles. They are not even the same as cars, trucks, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), three-wheeled bikes or any other vehicles. The handling is unique and can take time to get used to, even for those who have been riding for years.

As such, these riders should not just head out onto busy roads, assuming that things will go more smoothly than they would on a motorcycle. They need to take time to get used to the sidecar by practicing in the driveway and then on smaller, local roads. Some even take training courses. Only after substantial practice should they drive on roads with high traffic levels.

Of course, even with experience, sidecars still come with one of the main risks that all motorcycles have: They offer very little protection. In a crash, the driver and the person riding in the sidecar could suffer serious injuries. This is especially true they aren’t wearing helmets.

Have you suffered injuries in an accident because of a negligent driver? If so, you may need compensation for your medical costs, and it is important to understand all of your legal options.