If you own a motorcycle you already know that it is a dangerous hobby. Whether you own a bike to have fun or if you use it for your sole mode of transportation you need to be mindful of your safety at all times. Each time you strap on your helmet and turn on the motorcycle you need to ensure your safety and the safety of your passenger. Motorcycles do not offer a lot of protection, which is why you should always be on the lookout for the six hazards that pose extreme danger to a motorcyclist from our North Miami motorcycle accident attorney.
Impaired and distracted drivers are the biggest hazard for motorcycle riders. Both categories of these drivers cause dangers for those on motorcycles. These drivers do not have the focus or the brain power to make split second decisions, react in time, or monitor speeds of other motorcycles so that accidents can be avoided.
Animals of all shapes and sizes can be incredible hazards for motorcycle riders. Whether they are skunks, squirrels, chipmunks, birds, crocodiles, deer, dogs or cats; motorcycle riders can be thrown from their bikes when an animal shoots out in front of you. Animals can easily cause a motorcycle rider to fall from their bike if unable to maneuver out of the way.
The weather is a big problem for motorcycle riders. You should monitor the weather at all times before a motorcycle ride. You don’t want to get stuck in the rain, the high wind, flooding, wildfires, fog or any other weather event that could throw a wrench in your plans. Riding a motorcycle in the rain is not entirely dangerous. It can be done, but it’s best to avoid it so that you aren’t slipping when trying to come to a stop.
Debris in the road is another common hazard for motorcycle riders. Debris does not have to be as large as a branch or a piece of wood to cause a motorcycle accident. Something as small as a piece of gravel or a nail can lead to a motorcycle accident. Other debris includes items from vehicles, roadkill, potholes, construction material and much more.
Large trucks, the 18-wheeler commercial ones, are very dangerous for motorcycles. These trucks have quite a few blind spots that can affect whether or not a motorcycle can be seen. Blind spots are located on either side of the truck and in the rear. A motorcycle might also be too small to see when it is directly in front of the truck.
Inexperienced drivers can be just as dangerous for motorcyclists as impaired or distracted drivers. Inexperienced drivers might forget to look twice for a motorcycle before changing lanes or making a turn onto a new street. Inexperienced drivers might also forget to leave more than two car lengths between their vehicle and a motorcycle that is in front of them.
Were you recently injured in a motorcycle accident? It’s best to have your injuries evaluated and then call the experienced team of Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, P.A. to schedule a consultation. Contact the office at 305-931-6666 today.