Road hazards are a common cause of accidents on the roadways, particularly motorcycle accidents. Even small objects like debris, pebbles, or broken glass or a nail on the sidewalk, wet pavements, can all cause a motorcycle crash. These little things may not have an impact on a four-wheel vehicle, but they can have a drastic effect on a motorcycle, causing a crash. Motorcyclists have to be alert all the time when riding and be prepared to face such dangers on the roadway. They also need to take the necessary precautions in order to avoid a disaster. If the accident is caused by someone’s negligence, the motorcyclist may be able to file a negligence lawsuit as defined under the negligence law.
Even if a motorcyclist has been driving for years, they should not assume that they can ride around without worrying about any hazards. Motorcyclists face many hazards on the roads that automobile drivers do. Even leaves are a common hazard for motorcyclists. They need to learn what constitutes a hazard and what does not before they hit the road. Some of the common road hazards to look for include:
Rough Roads – Rough and bumpy roads near construction sites are a common cause of motorcycle accidents.
Gravel on the Pavement – Gravel on the roads is also a very tricky hazard to navigate through for motorcyclists, especially when cornering and on winding roads.
Edge Break – When two traffic lanes are of different heights, unsuspecting motorcyclists may be in for a surprise.
Expansion Joints – Two sections of a road are brought together with the help of expansion joints. The joint may be connecting a section of a road to a bridge. These joints cause uneven surface, resulting in a motorcycle crash.
Open Bridge Joints – Sections of bridges are held together with the help of open bridge joints. If the bridge joint is wide, it may cause difficultly for motorcycle riders.
Slick Surfaces – Wet, slick and slippery roads are another hazard for motorcyclists. Since bikes are two-wheeled, slippery surfaces are much more dangerous for motorcyclists. Even a minor slide on the slick road will result in a crash or collision. Motorcyclists need to be careful when turning around on slippery roadways.
Animals on the Roadway – Small animals often make their way on to the roadways. When a motorcycle hits an animal, it can be thrown off its path or off balance. There may be animals that run on to the road like a cat, a squirrel, or a rat. It is difficult to anticipate the actions and movements of these animals. Even large animals like deer may also be a common problem in some areas.
Standing Water – Puddles and standing water can cause hydroplaning.
Snow and Ice – Like water, snow and ice are also common motorcycle hazards.
Debris and Other Objects – Fallen tree branches after a stormy night, debris from a construction truck can all cause problems for motorcyclists.
There are many other hazards that motorcyclists face on the roads. If you have suffered a motorcycle injury, and you believe the injury was a result of someone’s negligence, it is advised to get in touch with a personal injury attorney.
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