The Top 5 Road Hazards for Motorcyclists


You may not know this, but riding a motorcycle is more dangerous than driving a car. This is because motorcycles are more prone to accidents. For instance, minor road obstacles can easily cause a motorcycle to crash. Motorcyclists should be vigilant while on the road to avoid simple mishaps that can turn fatal. Here are the biggest road hazards you face on the road as a motorcyclist.

1.        The Railroad Crossing

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When a motorcycle attempts to cross the railway, it is possible for the tires to get stuck on the railway tracks. This can cause an action that throws the rider off the bike. The tracks are more dangerous in cold weather when the wood between the tracks is wet and slippery. This set of conditions can cause the cycle wheels to lose traction making it hard for the rider to control the motorbike. To avoid accidents on the railroad crossing, ride over the tracks in a perpendicular, straight line.

2.        Edge Breaks When Between Lanes

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This happens when one traffic lane is lower or higher than another. Edge breaking is dangerous on a highway mostly because the rider is riding at high speed. Observe caution when you come across an edge break on the highway and make sure to slow down when passing over it.

3.        Bridge/ Expansion Joints

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Expansion joints are metal pieces used to connect sections of the road. A bridge joint is used to connect parts of a bridge together. These metal joints are important because they make it possible for concrete to expand without developing cracks. Even so, these joints do create gaps in the road. These gaps can easily catch a motorcycle’s wheel and make it unstable. When riding along these joints, avoid speeding or changing lanes. Keep the wheels perpendicular and straight as you pass through the joints.

4.        Gravel

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This is a material used in road construction. It can easily cause the wheels of a motorcycle to lose traction. It’s very easy to slip when riding on gravel due to the loose particles. It gets more dangerous on curves since it requires the rider to shift their body weight to maneuver. The key to riding safely on gravel is to avoid speeding or quick braking.

5.        Wet Surface

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If you ride on a wet surface, you run the risk of hydroplaning. This is one of the biggest road hazards. It gets worse when it rains and the water mixes with oil spills on the road. Motorcycles only ride on two wheels so they may not have a good grip on a slippery road. When riding in the rain or on a wet road, make sure to brake gradually. Reducing your speed abruptly can cause loss of traction, and the bike may lose control.

While it may not be possible for you to completely avoid an accident, it is advisable for you to be prepared. You need a reliable attorney on your side in case of an accident. You can schedule an appointment with  Futerman Partners to determine what legal options you have as a motorcyclist.