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What are some unique dangers for motorcycles on the road?

| Jul 1, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

While riding on the open road, the last thing you may want to worry about is a crash.

Motorcycles are smaller and more likely to be in a crash than many other vehicles. Staying aware of what the common dangers are for motorcycle riders can help you navigate highways and other roads.

Safety features

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycles handle very differently than cars or trucks. If another vehicle pulls out in front of you without any warning, you will likely sustain injuries.

Even a relatively minor collision may send you falling to the ground with only your helmet and riding suit to protect you. Unlike cars, motorcycles do not have any airbags or steel cages to protect riders.

Weather hazards

Rain or slick roads may be a nuisance for cars but a seriously dangerous issue for motorcycles. With fewer wheels and less traction on the road itself, motorcycles have a higher chance of losing grip. They can easily spin out or crash if a bigger vehicle tailgates them too closely in bad weather.

Size and shape

Truck drivers or people in cars often do not see motorcyclists as clearly as motorcyclists see larger vehicles. Even when you stay vigilant about obeying traffic lights and signs, another person may not check his or her blind spot before turning.

This difference in visibility can lead to deadly accidents, since cars may change lanes and mistakenly pull in front of a motorcycle to do so. Left-hand turns are one of the biggest causes of most accidents for motorcycles. Staying aware of these dangers can help you proceed cautiously while on the road.