As a motorcyclist, you have most likely been taught to lay down your motorcycle to avoid an accident. Riders for years have been practicing this technique in order to avoid Illinois motorcycle accidents. I am sorry to tell these riders that they are wrong. Laying down a motorcycle is almost never the right thing to do.
They idea of laying down a motorcycle in order to stop and avoid a crash developed many years ago when motorcycles had horrible brakes. At one time, it was actually more effective to lay down the motorcycle in order to stop.
However, laying down a motorcycle frequently results in the rider and passenger becoming injured. With today’s improved braking capabilities, that seems kind of counterproductive.
Common injuries associated with a lay-down are:
- Head injury. Laying down the motorcycle brings the rider in close contact with the road. When the head becomes in contact with the road it can create serious head trauma. And if the rider has opted not to wear a helmet, head trauma is a high probability.
- Road rash. Road rash is cuts and scrapes due to contact with the pavement during a motorcycle accident or lay-down. Because a lay down requires the rider to slide on the road, this is very common. Road rash, also called road burn, can lead to permanent scarring and infection from debris forced into skin abrasions.
- Broken bones. Impact with the pavement or stationary objects as the rider slides often causes fractured bones. Ribs, clavicle fractures, and shattered limbs are all too common results.
Have you been injured on your motorcycle? If so, you may be entitled to compensation.
To find out if you have a case, contact an experienced Gurnee motorcycle accident attorney at Hupy and Abraham. Call 866-625-2299 today to arrange for a free case evaluation. Illinois motorcycle crash victims can also receive a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims; ask for it when you call our office.