Motorcycles are becoming increasingly popular in the United States today, with more and more riders of all ages choosing to enjoy the freedom a motorcycle brings to travel. While these vehicles offer an experience like none other, there are many hazards that both new and experienced motorcyclists should be aware of when on the road in Maryland.
In order to avoid a Maryland motorcycle accident, be on the lookout for these potential dangers:
- Vehicle Blind Spots – Almost all vehicles have blind spots that are large enough to hide a motorcycle. When a driver does not check his or her blind spots, they can easily sideswipe a nearby motorcycle. Larger vehicles, especially big rigs, have incredibly large blind spots that are difficult for drivers to fully check.
- Hazardous Roadways – While roads are supposed to be maintained by city and federal organizations, they often fall into disrepair. While hazards such as potholes and broken asphalt can damage cars to varying degrees, they can easily cause a motorcycle to crash due to its small and light frame and dependence on being balanced while moving.
- Dangerous Weather Conditions – Motorcycles are designed to endure average weather conditions while out on the road; however, they are still more susceptible to the effects of weather than other vehicles. Ice, snow, and very wet roads can cause a motorcycle to lose balance and crash without warning. Additionally, riders are subjected to the elements at full force since they are not covered by anything but a small windshield.
- Negligent Drivers – Oftentimes, drivers do not pay attention to who is sharing the road with them, especially motorcycles, which are small and fast. This can easily lead to drivers sideswiping or turning into a motorcycle. Especially dangerous are Maryland intersection accidents, which can result in a car abruptly turning in front of a speeding motorcycle and causing serious injuries.
The Annapolis motorcycle accident attorneys at Alpert Schreyer understand the devastating effects a crash may have on a motorcyclist and can help injured riders find compensation from those responsible. For more information on how our dedicated law team can aid you in your injury lawsuit, call us today at (866) 444-6363.