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How can hazards on the road lead to a motorcycle crash?

On Behalf of | Jul 16, 2022 | Motorcycle accidents

Although you may enjoy traveling along the road on your motorcycle, unexpected items lying on the ground and hazards in your way can lead to a serious crash.

Items that would not affect a car or truck could easily cause a motorcycle to lose control. Staying aware of how these hazards can affect you is important when you plan to take a trip.

Branches and wood

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rainstorms and strong winds can cause branches to fall down to the road from trees above.

While it may not seem dangerous at first, a large branch or piece of wood can catch your wheel and make you lose control of the vehicle. These items can also ricochet back up and hit you while you are sitting on your motorcycle, which can lead to serious injuries.

Rain and puddles

You could also struggle after a rainstorm since most roads become far more slippery during or immediately after a downpour. When you are traveling at high speeds, your motorcycle wheels may not properly grip the road when it is wet.

Unlike cars or trucks, you can struggle to stay upright and not fall off while riding in an active rainstorm.

Items from other vehicles

It is a common sight to see trucks carrying a load of items or a car with something attached to its roof. However, when rocks or boxes fall off a truck unexpectedly, this hazard can cause you to swerve to avoid hitting or running them.

Staying knowledgeable about the factors that contribute to motorcycle accidents is helpful when surrounded by obstacles on the road.