Owning a motorcycle is not just fun, it’s also dangerous. You know as a motorcycle owner that there are dangers all around you when on the road. You plan for and train for coming across various hazards. But, there isn’t always enough time to react to certain hazards. This is what leads to accidents involving motorcycles. Our Phoenix motorcycle accident attorney would like to discuss five hazards that pose a serious danger to motorcycle riders in today’s post.
- Road Debris: Quite possibly one of the most dangerous hazards for a motorcycle rider is that of road debris. Debris can be anything found in the lane of travel that can send a motorcycle skidding off the road. This includes road kill, rocks, potholes, tree branches, nails, screws, debris from vehicles and many other items. The most dangerous stretch of road for a motorcycle rider when it comes to debris is through a construction site. The dirt, dust, and other items that can block the view of the rider or hit the rider in the face can be deadly.
- Distracted or Impaired Drivers: Distracted and impaired drivers are dangerous not only to themselves but also to other motorists and especially to motorcyclists. These two types of drivers have trouble concentrating on the road in front of them and what is happening around them. These drivers do not have the focus or the mental capacity to make split-second decisions that could be the difference between life and death for themselves and for others.
- Animals: Animals are a big problem for motorcycle riders. Birds can fly low, slamming into the head of a motorcycle rider without warning. This can lead to a horrific accident if the rider cannot find a way to control the bike and avoid a crash. Other animals can wreak havoc on a motorcycle ride to the point of injury. Any type of animal can cause a rider to drop their bike in an effort to avoid a direct hit. These animals include dogs, squirrels, deer and anything else that gets onto the roads of Phoenix.
- The Weather:
There’s not much you can do about the weather if you are out on a ride and it changes in an instant. But, you can prepare for what’s to come by planning ahead and monitoring the forecast. The wind, rain, fog, dust and other things Mother Nature can throw at you can wreak havoc on your ride. It’s best to stay home if the forecast is anything but ideal for being out on a motorcycle. You don’t want to get caught in a storm that can lead to an accident.
- Inexperienced Drivers:
Inexperienced drivers are a threat for not only motorcyclists but also all other drivers in Phoenix. These drivers might not remember to check twice for a motorcycle before changing lanes, pulling out into an intersection, making a left turn, or merging onto a highway. Inexperienced drivers might also not know how to check their blind spots for the possibility of a motorcycle before manoeuvring their vehicle.
An experienced Phoenix motorcycle accident attorney is here to answer all of your questions. Contact the office of Lorona Mead today to schedule a consultation about your case.