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4 Motorcycle Road Hazards to Watch Out For

4 Motorcycle Road Hazards to Watch Out For

Why is riding a motorcycle so dangerous? One reason is that motorcycles are smaller and, therefore, less visible. They easily hide in other vehicles’ blind spots, and a driver may change lanes into a motorcyclist if they aren’t fully aware of their surroundings.

Another reason why motorcyclists experience a higher risk of accidents is that even the smallest of road hazards can cause a rider to lose control over their bike. While a bump in the road may be unnoticeable to a truck driver, the same bump may cause serious damage to a motorcycle or throw the rider from their bike.

If you are a motorcyclist, be aware of these 4 major motorcycle road hazards:

  1. Slippery or unstable surfaces. As a two-wheeled vehicle, motorcycles are particularly prone to hydroplaning or otherwise losing traction on roads covered in water, ice, snow, or oil. Unless you are riding a dual-sport bike, even loose gravel can pose a serious risk. If you cannot avoid these unstable surfaces, be sure to appropriately reduce your speed and avoid sudden turns. Before deciding to ride instead of drive, check your air pressure, tread depth, and the weather.
  2. Rough roads. Poorly maintained roads may have potholes, cracks, edge breaks, and other issues that can throw a motorcyclist off balance. Pay close attention to the road so you can navigate the easiest path around these obstacles.
  3. Railroad tracks. Aim to cross tracks at a 90-degree (perpendicular) angle—or as close as possible to 90 degrees. You can also conserve traction by maintaining a steady throttle. If possible, slow down before you get to the tracks, and gas it as you cross. This will lighten the front end of your bike to give you greater steering authority.
  4. Objects or debris in the road. Cars can drive over trash and other small objects without a problem. As a motorcyclist, however, you will be much safer if you can avoid debris. If you cannot avoid it, push down on the handlebars and rise a few inches off your seat. This will put more pressure on the pegs and allow you to use your legs as shock absorbers. As with railroad tracks, go over planks and similarly shaped obstacles at a 90-degree angle, if possible.

One general way to improve your ability to avoid and manage these obstacles is to drive defensively. Putting extra space in between you and other vehicles can give you the room to suddenly speed up, slow down, or veer to the left or right without hitting a car.

As a motorcyclist, you should maintain constant awareness of your surroundings. If you know where other vehicles are at all times, you can make a much faster decision to change lanes or otherwise avoid the obstacle in a safe way.

Do You Need to File a Motorcycle Injury Claim?

No matter how careful you are when you ride, an accident may be unavoidable. If you’ve been injured because of a poorly maintained road, debris, or another driver, get in touch with Daspit Law Firm. Our team of attorneys is highly experienced, and we have a proven track record of obtaining substantial compensation for our clients.

We are available 24/7 for your most urgent legal needs. Call (888) 273-1045">(888) 273-1045 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation today.