For most riders, there is nothing quite like being on a motorcycle. Even knowing that this is not the safest form of transportation is not enough to keep people from enjoying the open road. However, when motorcycle accidents occur, the results are often serious injuries or deaths.

According to one man who has ridden over a half-million miles on motorcycles, there are some myths about riding a motorcycle that people should know.

— Wearing a helmet is dangerous because a rider’s hearing is reduced. There have been many scientific studies that prove this is not true. While you don’t have to wear a helmet in Texas if you are over the age of 21, all riders should wear a helmet to reduce the risks of serious head injuries.

— Loud exhausts save lives. The only time loud pipes might matter is if someone is behind the motorcycle. Otherwise, people who pull out in front of a motorcycle are still not likely to see you.

— To avoid an accident, lay your bike down. This is certainly not the best way to avoid an accident. Using both the front and back brakes will stop your bike faster than laying it down. Anti-lock brakes can help prevent skidding and most modern bikes have this safety feature available.

Hopefully, learning these myths will make you a better rider. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you can seek compensation from the at-fault driver. You don’t have to suffer financial problems because of medical bills, missed work and more. An experienced personal injury lawyer can give you more information on how to proceed with seeking compensation.

Source: Arizona Daily Star, “5 myths that make motorcycle riding less safe,” Jeff Dean, accessed Nov. 06, 2015