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Motorcycle Safety Series: Road Conditions Debunked

Motorcycle SafetyRiding a motorcycle can be a great way to unwind and enjoy an entirely new driving experience. That said, motorcycles tend to be more dangerous than cars and trucks because they expose their riders to not only the elements, but the full force of a motorcycle accident should one occur.

We’re looking at four of the top motorcycle safety factors – helmets, riding clothes, road conditions, and driver behavior.

Let’s talk about road conditions.

Myths About Road Conditions

Road conditions play an important role in the safety of all motor vehicle drivers. Poor road conditions, either caused by rain and ice or construction, can easily cause a motorcycle rider to lose control over their bike.

Unfortunately, not as many motorcyclists take road conditions as seriously as they should. People often believe:

The Only Problem with Inclement Weather is Getting Wet

There’s more to riding a motorcycle in inclement weather than the inconvenience of getting wet. The truth is, how well a motorcyclist is able to operate their bike in bad weather has less to do with how skilled the motorcyclist is and more to do with how poorly a motorcycle is suited to rain, snow, ice, and sleet.

Their Motorcycle Can Handle Roads Under Construction

Even the most souped-up bike won’t function as well as a traditional vehicle when it comes to rough roads. Loose gravel, for example, can easily cause a motorcycle to lose traction and skid. If road construction forces you to stop suddenly, you could lose control over the vehicle and fishtail, be forced to lay your bike down, or even be thrown from it.

Common Ways Road Conditions Cause Motorcycle Accidents

Here are some of the most common ways road conditions cause motorcycle collisions:

  • Hydroplaning occurs when a vehicle’s tires lose their grip on a wet road and ride on top of the water instead.
  • Road construction. Road construction often causes unexpected rough terrain, which a motorcycle or its operator may not be prepared for.
  • Debris on the road. If a utility truck, for example, spills debris like dirt or gravel on the road, this could cause a motorcycle rider to skid.

How to Avoid Accidents Caused by Poor Road Conditions

Here are some ways to avoid motorcycle collisions caused by road conditions:

  • Watch the weather in your area. Plan for riding days when inclement weather is not in the forecast.
  • Cancel rides and use another form of transportation when the weather is bad. Ride the bus, use a ridesharing service, or get a ride from a friend if the weather is bad and you don’t have access to another vehicle other than your motorcycle.
  • Avoid areas you know are under construction. Make a point to ride around areas of your city or town that are under construction and may have uneven pavement or other road defects that could cause a wreck.

Who Is Responsible for a Motorcycle Accident Caused by Poor Road Conditions?

Some people make the mistake of believing that no one can be held liable for a motorcycle collision caused by road conditions. While this may be true in cases where inclement weather was the only factor, there may be a liable party in cases where an accident was caused or exacerbated by poor road conditions related to city or state maintenance.

Were You the Victim of a Motorcycle Accident? Mazow | McCullough, PC Are Ready to Assist You

If you or someone you love were injured in a motorcycle accident, experienced attorneys Mazow | McCullough, PC can help. Contact us now for your consultation at 855-693-9084 or locally in Salem, MA at (978) 744-8000.

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