Whether you are just a curious motorist or an avid enthusiast, you may be surprised to see growing numbers of women on the road today riding motorcycles—and not always on pretty, pink Harleys either. It would be a mistake to think that female riders are not able to handle the power of a motorcycle. After all, riding is not so much about strength in the long run as it is about being educated about handling the bike. Experience is much more important than size, weight, and intimidating biceps, although being in good shape will make owning a motorcycle more pleasurable as it can require you to use your core, arm, and leg muscles constantly.
A recent news article points out that most women are not purchasing their own motorcycles as fashion statements, but rather for pure enjoyment, and many others may be surprised to find out that they took the plunge and bought them for themselves, rather than just borrowing from their husband or boyfriend. While most motorcycle owners today are still males, in the time span from 1998-2014, female ownership expanded from 8 percent to 14 percent. Women’s bike events have expanded around the US, as well as the inevitable rise of female-oriented merchandise.
"There are massive numbers of women riding," says Alisa Clickenger, founder of Women's Motorcycle Tours. "Motorcycling gives them some excitement. Off the bikes we’re just normal-looking people.”
Aside from excitement, women are also seeking all the benefits of motorcycles such as greater affordability for purchasing a vehicle, cheaper operating cost, and often a faster way to commute due to the ability to get through traffic more efficiently.
The safety factor remains, however, as those on motorcyclists are still so much more vulnerable than individuals driving cars. Even as millions eschew the traditional car and embrace the fresh air and open road afforded by motorcycles, they are still the minority and not always as visible. Injuries and even fatalities may be caused by drivers who are distracted, drunk, reckless, and more—but often just because they are not used to seeing the smaller modes of transportation on the road. Education continues to encourage drivers to look more closely—and for motorcyclists to continue to drive as defensively as possible. Negligent automobile drivers can cause catastrophic injuries to motorcyclists, unfortunately, no matter their level of physical strength—or whether they are men or women.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!
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