Motorcycle drivers are always on the road and there are so many destinations for motorcycle drivers and their passengers to explore across country. Maybe they are driving the motorcycle to work every day in order to save on gas or maybe they want to see the world in a different perspective. Driving a motorcycle can also take you out of the boxed in feeling that you get when driving a car or an SUV down the road. But it just takes a second for that motorcycle to lose control and the rest of your life could be changed forever. Here are the most common dangers that motorcycles face today.
Drivers that are distracted – There are many factors that take the drivers concentration in today’s world. These distractions could include a cellphone call, a text message, looking for directions in the GPS, playing with the radio, talking to another occupant inside the vehicle, eating something, or reading something. It doesn’t take but a second for a driver to lose control and not see a motorcycle until it’s too late.
Stopping Suddenly – unlike driving a car or a truck, when a motorcycle driver panics because of a quick stop in front of him/her, this can lock up the front wheel and cause the driver to be thrown away from the motorcycle. Some common reasons for a quick stop that causes panic includes a sudden stop by a vehicle in front of them, an animal crossing in front of them on the road, a pedestrian walk out in front of them, or another vehicle making a turn in front of them.
Debris on the road – Gravel, sand, or even motor oil could be a problem to motorcycles on the road. Maybe something fell out of the back of another vehicle in front of the motorcycle and that could cause the motorcyclist to lose control. Another issue is the road surfaces located at places where vehicles need to stop or slow down, such as toll booths. These different road surfaces could hold grease or oil from previous vehicles which can cause a motorcycle to lose control as they ride over it.
Car door opening – When a vehicle is parked, a door comes open for the driver or passenger to exit the vehicle. At that same time, if a motorcycle is coming down the road, there is no time to think and the motorcycle will hit the door causing death or serious injuries to the motorcycle driver.
Other factors that can make driving a motorcycle dangerous includes unsafe lane changes, weather conditions that could be difficult for a motorcycle driver to keep control, and of course the consumption of alcohol which can impair the ability of the driver to maintain control. If you have been in an accident that has rendered you with injuries, it is time to claim compensation with a personal injury lawyer in Waterloo.