While motorcyclists encounter the same road conditions as other motor vehicle operators, certain hazards can dramatically increase risk of an accident. To minimize the danger, it is important for motorcycle riders to be aware of potential roadway obstacles they may encounter.
It seems that municipalities and states allow roadways to fall in a greater state of disrepair, due in large part to the lack of funding for needed repairs. A motorcyclist is often confronted with potholes, uneven surfaces, bumpy roads and other conditions, which can make for potentially hazardous driving.
Small objects on the road might not be a problem for cars or trucks—due to their larger size and ability to easily maneuver around—but they pose a greater risk for motorcyclists. Examples of these objects include branches, tire treads, rocks, and falling objects.
There are many situations or substances that can create slippery surfaces on the road, from rain to snow to sleet to a substance spill. This can result in very hazardous driving circumstance—especially for a motorcyclist. Due to the less stable nature of a two-wheeled vehicle and their lighter frame, the risk of an accident with a motorcycle on a slippery surface is greatly increased. Some of these conditions could include antifreeze or oil spills, painted surfaces, a build up of leaves, and other debris.
Another roadway condition to be especially careful of is sand / gravel. If sand or gravel is on the road, it can make for very unstable travel and may result in a loss of control—especially for a less experienced operator.
Knowing the various dangers present on the road can help protect you from serious injury and accident. Unfortunately, not all drivers use similar precautions. If you were injured because of someone else’s carelessness, you have the right to seek compensation.
Contact our Ridgefield motorcycle accident lawyers at Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP today for a free consultation! We give a voice to the voiceless.