While going out for a leisurely motorcycle ride can be liberating and fun, sadly, bikers face some severe dangers in exchange for a relaxing experience. Knowing this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy your ride. It just means that motorcyclists need to take extra precautions and ride defensively to reduce the risk of being involved in a motorcycle crash. Here are the most common dangers to watch out for.
Common Road Hazards for Motorcyclists
Many non-riders think that motorcyclists face the greatest danger from accidents with vehicle drivers. While that’s certainly a great risk, other factors are just as hazardous.
Rough and Bumpy Roads
Loose gravel on pavement, potholes, and bumpy surfaces are just a few reasons why it’s all too easy for a rider on only two wheels to lose control and crash. Not only should motorcyclists look ahead for ruts, uneven roads, and other impending dangers, but also assessing how to continue the ride is vital. If you see rough terrain or an edge break (when two traffic lanes are at different heights) ahead, slow down and proceed with caution.
Wet, oily, or slippery roads are frequent causes of motorcycle crashes. When possible, leave motorcycle rides for sunnier days, and avoid going out in rainy weather. Also, keep your eyes peeled for slick and oily spots, especially around road construction or in industrial areas.
It’s not uncommon for animals to dart out of nowhere, and a helmet and some other protective gear aren’t enough to protect you. When traveling through areas known to have a more dense population of wild animals, be on the lookout to avoid a collision.
Debris in the Road
You’ve probably seen tire parts, branches, rocks, and other types of debris strewn about on roadways. While Missouri roads are kept relatively clean, road debris is particularly hazardous for bike riders than other motorists. Not only can debris cause a crash, but also serious harm if an object strikes you.
If you or a loved one experienced injuries in a motorcycle accident, you might have grounds for a compensation claim. For example, if a municipality has repeatedly failed to fill potholes for the safety of everyone on the road, it might be held liable for your injuries. It’s worth your time to consult with an attorney who specializes in this area of law.