Riding a motorcycle is a passion for many people, but unfortunately, there are many risks associated with it as well. The most minor obstacles, such as loose gravel, edge breaks, railroad crossings, debris, and other hazards can result in catastrophic accidents simply because motorcycles are not built like regular vehicles with four wheels. With that being said, any other vehicle can pass over these small obstacles without having to worry about the same outcome.
Therefore, it is extremely important for motorcyclists to ride with caution to avoid hazards and properly maneuver around road hazards when necessary. Despite the use of extra caution, there are still major risks involved for motorcyclists. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, our team at the Law Offices of Payam Y. Poursalimi are here to help guide you through this difficult time, providing the legal guidance and advocacy that you need and deserve. To learn more about how our highly experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Los Angeles can help, contact us today for a free consultation.
In this blog, we will go over some of the most common road hazards for motorcyclists. Here are some things you should look out for as a motorcyclist:
- Railroad Crossings
Unfortunately, railroad crossings can be extremely dangerous for motorcycles. The motorcycle wheels can easily get caught on the railroad tracks, which can cause the rider to be thrown off the bike. In addition, the wood and metal parts of the tracks can also be very dangerous when wet, as they become slippery, which may cause the motorcycle to lose traction.
- Edge breaks
Edge breaks are present between lanes that are of different heights. When a motorcyclist is traveling at high speeds on a highway, edge breaks can become more dangerous. As a motorcyclist, it is imperative to ride with caution when edge breaks are present and travel at a safe speed to reduce the risk of an accident.
- Wet/slippery roads
Wet roads can cause hydroplaning, which is most dangerous when light rain is combined with the oil residue on the road. Hydroplaning can be extremely dangerous for both motorcycles and regular vehicles, but is much more risky for motorcycles as they only have two wheels compared to four wheels. As a motorcyclist riding in the rain, be sure to travel at a safe speed so you have enough time to brake when needed. Traveling at high speeds and braking abruptly can easily result in an accident.
- Rough roadways
Rough roadways can be characterized by a number of factors, including loose gravel, potholes, roadway resurfacing, construction zones, and poor maintenance. Rough roadways can be extremely dangerous for motorcyclists, as it makes riders more susceptible to accidents. Be sure to ride with caution and keep an eye out for rough roadways.
Debris is also a common problem for motorcycle riders. The most minor obstacles can result in an accident, including leaves, trash, rocks, pieces of tires, fallen objects from other vehicles, and more. It is imperative to keep an eye out for debris while riding to avoid an accident.
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If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is in your best interest to seek legal help from an experienced Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer. Our team is here to help you every step of the way. Contact the Law Offices of Payam Y. Poursalimi at 877-PAYAMLA for a free consultation.