Avoid Road Hazards that cause Motorcycle Accidents
Posted on May 30, 2017
There is nothing like the freedom a motorcyclist feels when riding their motorcycle down the road . There are, however, some conditions that make the roads unsafe for the riders. These hazards can lead to serious accidents. Potholes, unsafe roadways, poor signage, distracted motorists, and even wildlife can create hazards for the unsuspecting rider causing motorcycle accidents. The program Proner with handled motorcycle accidents from roadway hazards successfully obtaining monetary awards for the unfortunate riders that had injuries due to poor road conditions. Of course, it’s always best to avoid the accident the first place. Here is some advice for riders to avoid motorcycle accidents from roadway hazards.
Pot holes can pose a significant risk to motorcyclist. Potholes are very common on aging and unmaintained roads. Potholes can cause the motorcyclist to lose control of their bike or lead to damage to the bike itself.
When faced with a pothole, take these precautions;
· Always have your tires checked and make sure that you have the proper inflation. Properly inflated tires hold up better against potholes than tires that have too much or too little air.
· If you can’t avoid a pothole, slow down before you hit it. Don’t brake directly over a pothole, which can actually cause more damage.
· When riding over the pothole, hold the handle bars firmly to avoid losing control.
· Use caution when encountering a puddle of water because it might be a pothole in hiding.
At Proner and Proner, we have represented motorcycle riders who’ve accidents because of unlevel pavement causing motorcycle accidents, motorcycle accidents from new asphalt, motorcycle accidents from changed and confusing signs, and motorcycle accidents from missing signs. As a rider you must always take special precaution when traveling on new or unfamiliar roads. If you are on new pavement or new asphalt on your motorcycle’s reduce your speed to avoid a motorcycle accident. Additionally take extra precaution when riding on unfamiliar roadways at night.
Distracted motorist pose a danger to everyone on the road especially motorcyclist and pedestrians are prone to more serious injuries than those in a car. Some drivers use their phones while they drive and do not pay attention to the road causing these drivers to slam into other drivers or into pedestrians. When this happens it is important to seek medical attention right away and contact an experienced attorney to help you get a just compensation.
Wildlife can pose a great danger to the motorcyclist on the road and oftentimes cause motorcycle accidents with catastrophic injuries. These animals can range in size from a small squirrel to a large moose or bear. When riding in roads that are near wildlife habitats always pay attention to animal crossing sign. It is also advised when you see wildlife to ride with caution as \ \ \ there may be other wildlife nearby especially if the animal travels in packs. If you’re going to ride at night then you should use good headlights to make these animals more visible. If you see an animal on the roadway, reduce your speed.
Be prepared to stop; do not rev the engine of your bike or sound the horn as this is likely to startle the animal and could cause damage to your motorcycle.
Remember your eyes steer the motorcycle and therefore look to where you want to go.
If animals appear suddenly in front of your motorcycle, resist the urge to swerve. It is far better to brake in a straight line (even if there is impact and a motorcycle accident causing injury) than to swerve and potentially leave the road and possibly sustain greater injury from your motorcycle accident by crashing into a guard rail were going down an embankment on your motorcycle. Additionally animal may move to get out of the way and your swerve may cause contact that you’re trying to avoid.
You will definitely come off worse in a motorcycle accident with a large animal. If encountering a large animal on your motorcycle brake hard. If you encounter a small animal it is better hit the animal than to risk your life. If a smaller animal like a rabbit or feral cat crosses your path, DO NOT SWERVE, but brake firmly if safe to do so. Such a small animal will do little damage to your motorcycle if you cannot stop in time.
DID YOU KNOW?
In the state of Tennessee a law has been passed granting the ownership of road kill to the motorist that killed the animal. This means that any Tennessee driver that kills local fauna like a deer, squirrel, rabbit or raccoon can take the animal home and eat it.