3 hazards that can endanger even experienced bikers 

On Behalf of | Nov 4, 2021 | Motorcycle Accidents

The weather is getting wetter and colder — but you may not be ready to put your motorcycle away for the winter quite yet. If you’re hoping to get out for a few more spins before the snow hits, however, be cautious. Hazards abound.

Often, the dangers that all road users face can be even riskier to motorcyclists. Hazards that may be minor to other vehicles can cause serious problems for motorbikes. Outlined below are three hazards that motorcyclists need to know, especially in the fall:

Wet road surfaces

All vehicles face a potential threat from wet road surfaces. However, oil spills and rainfall can result in devastating accidents when motorbikes are involved. Wet surfaces may lead to hydroplaning, which is accentuated in motorcycles because they only have two wheels that grip the ground. Riders should be extra careful when traveling in adverse weather conditions, avoiding sudden braking and turns. 

Debris on the road

Loose debris on a road surface, including leaves and sticks, can have serious consequences for all vehicles. However, motorcyclists face a heightened risk of injury if loose obstacles stray onto their path. Cars, trucks and other four-wheeled vehicles generally have a protective shell that completely surrounds drivers and passengers. Motorcyclists are not afforded the same level of protection. 

Gravel on the road

It may be surprising, but gravel can pose a significant threat to motorcyclists. When turning, riders frequently rely on leaning and balance to assist in maneuvers. However, gravel on the road can cause a motorcycle to suddenly lose traction. At this time of the year, gravel often gets blown into the road right alongside dead leaves.

While using a motorcycle can be a useful means of travel, it is important to remember the potential hazards. If you have been injured in a road traffic accident in New York, then there may be legal options available to you.