Dangerous Roads can cause Motorcyclists to Crash
It is no surprise that driving a motorcycle constitutes a high risk. Many factors, such as weather, driver inattention, and structure of the roads can certainly increase that risk. This article will focus on the road hazards that commonly result in motorcycle crashes.
Understanding Road Hazards
The first step in preventing motorcycle accidents on dangerous roads is education.1 Motorcycle drivers must learn and be informed as what road hazards are the most important to be watchful of.
1. Uneven Road Surfaces
We have all driven in a vehicle on uneven road surfaces. Those uneven road surfaces can be encountered in construction areas but also when we least expect them. Many roads are simply not in good conditions. If a motorcycle driver encounters an uneven road surface the safest route would be to stay in the same lane until the uneven lanes end. In addition to uneven lanes, motorcycle drivers should be on the lookout for divots. Divots are often caused by large trucks dragging something from its undercarriage, leaving a depression in the road. If a motorcycle’s tire tread “catches” the divot, this can possibly cause a loss of control. Additionally, rough and bumpy roads – caused either from road deterioration, construction or resurfacing efforts – can also cause motorcycle accidents.
2. Gravel and Other Debris on Roads
Gravel on roads in particular can contribute to motorcycle accidents. Gravel can be troublesome if it is encountered during cornering. Motorcycle drivers should be particularly mindful and aware that gravel on pavement tends to be more commonly encountered on winding roads, which are very popular with motorcyclists and which require a lot of cornering. Accidents caused by gravel can be equated with motorcyclists who are going too fast, especially if its driver does not have much experience to ride a bike in such conditions. Motorcycle stability can also be lost when riding on sand, oil or other debris. If a driver is not careful in these conditions, one can easily lose traction, causing the bike to slide. In these conditions, it is very important to slow down and evaluate the particular road condition and look for alternative ways, if at all possible. If there is no way to avoid the particular road, then the conditions should be carefully evaluated and driven at slow and safe speed.
There are many animals that get on the roads and that can be very hazardous to a motorcycle’s safety. Hitting a small animal can cause a motorcycle to be thrown off balance. Additionally, as we know, live animals can find themselves on the road at any time and attempting to swerve and avoid hitting them can also cause a driver to lose control or hit another vehicle. Riders should also be mindful of the presence of large animals, such as deer, in woody areas or in areas with a large deer population. Hitting a deer can be fatal for a motorcycle driver.
4. Slick Surfaces
Slippery surfaces can be more hazardous to motorcycle drivers than for cars. The unstable nature of a two-wheeled bike and the smaller, lighter size mean that sliding on the road can easily result in a crash. Slick surfaces are even more dangerous at turns. Some roads can become very slippery when wet, especially roads with leaves, painted surfaces and roads containing amounts of antifreeze and oil. Motorcycle riders should be aware that the most dangerous time to ride on a road is when a rainstorm first happens. The mud and oil on the road combine with the water to form a slippery later. Riders should also be aware of standing water on roads. Some motorcycle tires, especially ones with low tread, can cause hydroplaning when driving through a puddle of water. Snowy and icy conditions are also more hazardous for bikes than they are for cars.
Steps to Take after Motorcycle Crash
If you have any questions about motorcycle safety or if you have been in a motorcycle accident, please contact your experienced Clearwater accident attorneys at the Dolman Law Group at (727) 451-6900 or click here.
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