Motorcycling can inspire a sense of freedom and excitement, but it also exposes riders to unique hazards on the road. Unlike drivers of cars and trucks, motorcyclists are more vulnerable due to their vehicle’s size, visibility and lack of protective barriers.
This vulnerability means that motorcyclists must be constantly aware of various risks that could compromise their safety. From the unpredictable actions of other drivers to environmental and road conditions, each ride presents a different set of challenges.
Actions of other drivers
Motorcycles are smaller and less visible. They can easily be overlooked by car and truck drivers, particularly at intersections, during lane changes or in heavy traffic. Unpredictable moves by other drivers, such as sudden stops, turns without signaling or merging without checking blind spots, pose significant risks to motorcyclists. Additionally, distracted driving, like using a phone, eating or other activities that take attention away from the road, increases the danger of not noticing a motorcyclist in time.
Poorly kept roads
Road conditions significantly impact motorcycle safety. Issues such as potholes, cracks, uneven surfaces and road debris can be treacherous for motorcyclists. Unlike larger vehicles, motorcycles have less stability and are more affected by irregularities in the road surface. Navigating a pothole or encountering unexpected debris can lead to loss of control or accidents. Motorcyclists often have to be extra vigilant and may need to adjust their riding style and routes in areas where road maintenance is lacking.
Grass clippings and leaves
Grass clippings left on the road after lawn mowing can be surprisingly slippery for motorcycle tires, reducing traction and potentially leading to skids or falls. Similarly, leaves, particularly when wet, can be as slick as ice, posing a risk of slipping. Additionally, accumulations of leaves can conceal road hazards like potholes, bumps or objects on the road. Motorcyclists should approach areas with grass clippings or heavy leaf coverage cautiously, reducing speed and avoiding abrupt changes in direction.
Any motorcyclist injured in a crash should ensure they get proper medical care. They may opt to pursue a compensation claim to help cover the financial damages they’ve incurred if another’s negligence caused – or contributed to the cause – of their harm.