Does it actually help to lay down your motorcycle?

Does it actually help to lay down your motorcycle?

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2024 | Car Accidents

There are those who believe that the only way to avoid some motorcycle accidents is to lay down the bike. This is a slang term, but it generally just means tipping the bike over on purpose, while in motion. People do it because they believe that there are situations where they have no choice.

For example, say that a motorcyclist is driving down a two-way road when someone turns left in front of them. This is one of the most common motorcycle accidents. The rider may feel like they have no alternatives because they can’t swerve around the vehicle or into oncoming traffic, so they lay the bike down and slide as they try to stop before the collision.

This typically does not help

However, experts warn that this is often dangerous and usually does not help. Some say that they’ve taken motorcycle classes and this tactic was never taught.

The reality is that it is typically better to stay on the motorcycle. For one thing, you can reduce speed much more quickly while braking with both tires still in contact with the pavement. Your bike will not slow down as quickly if it is sliding on the side because the metal and plastic parts don’t have the same amount of friction. Additionally, staying on the bike allows you to swerve or maneuver, which you can’t do once you lay the bike down.

This doesn’t guarantee that you can avoid the crash, but laying the bike down just guarantees a single-vehicle crash. If you get involved in an accident caused by another driver, then it may be time to look into your options to seek financial compensation for medical bills and related costs.

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