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Are Sidecars Dangerous?

Whether using a sidecar on your motorcycle for a pet, passenger, or even just packages, questions remain about how safe these are. Florida law has few restrictions on those using a sidecar, so long as a passenger under the age of 21 is wearing a helmet. Considering this, the perceived safety of this addition seems palpable. Here’s what you need to know.

Sidecars vs. Motorcycles: How Safe Are They?

The first thing to consider is how safe motorcycles are in general. A study by the Insurance Information Institute showed that, per vehicle mile traveled, motorcycles had a fatality rate 29 times higher than passenger cars in 2019, and over 5,000 riders’ lives were lost on the roads that year.

However, the primary issue is that data involving sidecars is very limited. The Federal Highway Administration’s Motorcycle Crash Causation Study, for example, found that less than one percent of motorcycles were equipped with a sidecar or trailer at the time of the crash.

What to Consider

Although insufficient evidence suggests whether a motorcycle with or without a sidecar is safer, there are some benefits and drawbacks to consider. First and foremost, it’s important to note that sidecars can increase the stability of a motorcycle. This is due to the fact that the weight of the sidecar is spread out over three wheels instead of two.

However, this increased stability can come with some setbacks. A heavier bike is harder to maneuver and could affect braking times. Additionally, if you take a turn too sharp, you may tip over entirely. Ultimately, the safety of using a sidecar is highly dependent on the rider themselves. Regardless of whether one is attached, defensive driving practices and wearing a helmet are highly recommended.

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