Roadway hazards are dangerous for all who drive, but they are especially dangerous for motorcyclists, who are less protected than drivers of passenger vehicles.
I’m personal injury attorney, Mike Lombardi. Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable in an accident, so it is very important that they know what hazards are out there and how to avoid them.
Common kinds of hazards
The kinds of hazards that motorcyclists frequently come across include uneven roads, loose gravel, slippery surfaces, ice in standing water, railway crossings, road debris and edge breaks, i.e., areas where the edges of the road are uneven. Follow these tips to avoid a motorcycle accident when road hazards are present.
Whenever a road hazard presents itself, whether it’s weather-related or whether there is debris or gravel on the road, reduce your speed. Avoid areas on the road where slick substances have pooled. And when braking, brake as slowly as possible. The slower you go, the better you can maintain control over your bike.
If you anticipate road hazards, you will be able to react quickly when there is one, which is vital for successfully maneuvering in poor road conditions. An aware driver can see a hazard ahead and act fast to avoid it.
Nighttime driving makes it very difficult for riders to see road hazards, so it’s imperative that you avoid any distractions or risky behaviors. Be sure to drive with your headlights on both at night and during inclement weather.
Check the weather forecast
Check the weather forecast before heading out. Strong winds can knock you off your bike. Slick roads can cause loss of traction, and poor visibility can hamper your ability to see hazards on the road. If at all possible, avoid riding in inclement weather conditions.
Leave enough space
Be sure to leave enough space between yourself and other drivers, so you will have enough room to take quick, evasive action to avoid a potential road hazard. If you follow these safety tips, you can be successful in avoiding hazards on the road.
Unfortunately, accidents do happen even if you do everything right. If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, please give me a call or text me at Mike Lombardi Injury Attorneys, so we can discuss your case. We want to help you in any way we can.
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