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It’s no secret that motorcyclists are at higher risk of road accidents than passenger vehicle drivers. Motorcycles are small and exposed, making the rider less visible and more vulnerable among cars. That doesn’t mean motorcyclists aren’t taking safety considerations to protect themselves.

Many bikers are well versed in road safety and supplement with the appropriate protective gear. But some riders also take safety into account when choosing their motorcycle. For example, 3-wheel motorcycles have been rising in popularity as a safer alternative to a traditional 2-wheel motorcycle. It’s true that some 3-wheel bikes have more stability due to their size, but are they actually less dangerous? We’re going to break down some of the pros and cons of 3-wheel motorcycles to determine if they are, in fact, the safer option. 

The same rules apply

One key component of motorcycle safety is visibility. Many motorcyclists accomplish this with bright colors or reflectors on their bike or clothes. However, bigger motorcycles are naturally more visible. 3-wheel motorcycles are larger than 2-wheelers, making them both more noticeable to other drivers and more stable going around curves.

Despite these safety benefits, 3-wheel motorcycles are still vulnerable to collisions. If a motorcycle finds itself in an accident with a car, the motorcyclist is going to receive the majority of the impact. Because motorcycles are exposed, unlike passenger vehicles, the rider is more likely to be severely injured than the driver. 

What to do if you are in an accident

While there are some benefits to riding a 3-wheeled motorcycle if you’re concerned about safety, the type of motorcycle you ride will not make a difference in the event of a crash. Motorcyclists are at far greater risk of being injured in an accident, yet they still receive more blame on average for collisions. This is what makes motorcycle law so crucial.

If you’ve been injured in an accident, contact Inland Empire Motorcycle Law to speak with an experienced attorney who knows the nuance of motorcycle law. Whether you’re struggling under the weight of lingering medical bills or you can’t work after your accident, our team is prepared to fight for the compensation you deserve. You should not be punished for the actions of another driver.