With warmer weather and the summer season fast approaching, MD motorcyclists are preparing for exhilarating road trips on their motorcycles. Though motorcycles are a source of fun and excitement, riders face unique hazards that other vehicles on the road may not. According to Nolo.com, road hazards are a common cause of motorcycle accidents as things that have little to no effect on cars, such as debris, can easily cause a motorcycle crash.
In order to be safe on the open road, the following are five common road hazards for motorcycle enthusiasts to be aware of and avoid:
- Rough roads – Rough roads can be caused by disrepair, construction work, or resurfacing efforts.
- Gravel on pavement – Gravel is one of the more problematic hazards for a rider to navigate, and gravel on pavement tends to be more common on winding roads, which are very popular terrain for riders.
- Debris/objects in the road – Debris in the road, such as rocks or parts of tire tread, are very dangerous for motorcyclists as the object can cause a crash and also hit and injure the rider.
- Slick surfaces – Due to the unstable nature of motorcycles and their lighter weight, sliding on the road due to a slippery surface can be very dangerous and easily cause an accident. Riders should be cautious during snowy, icy, and rainy weather.
- Uneven surfaces – An edge break is when two traffic lanes are different heights and an expansion joint connects two sections of a road or bridge together. Both present a unique hazard to riders because of the uneven surfaces they cause.
Motorcycle safety year round is imperative to prevent a dangerous accident, but not all motorists exercise the same caution, which can endanger those they share the road with. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another’s negligence, the Bowie motorcycle collision lawyers with Alpert Schreyer have the experience and knowledge needed to obtain a winning result in your case. Call (866) 444-6363 for a comprehensive case evaluation.