Whether you are riding your motorcycle to get to a particular destination or you are just out for a leisurely ride, an accident may happen.
Learning about how other people and objects can cause crashes and unsafe situations for you can help you stay calm.
Bad weather and slippery roads
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the time right after a rain is typically more slippery than usual for vehicles. Motorcycles have fewer wheels than cars or trucks and can lose traction during this kind of weather.
When a larger vehicle stops quickly or turns without using a signal, this can lead to a serious crash for motorcycles that cannot stop in time.
Loose objects on the road
If a person has not secured their personal belongings correctly on their vehicle’s roof, this can result in a sudden obstacle in your way. When a broken car part or another item falls into the middle of the road, you may not be able to steer away from it in time.
While cars and other larger vehicles can safely drive over and ignore these items, someone on a motorcycle may fall over and harm their head or spine.
As you drive past a parked car, you may suddenly encounter an opened door that leaves you scrambling to avoid harm. A driver who is not paying attention could open their door into the road and knock you off your motorcycle.
The impact of this sudden stop is dangerous for anyone on a smaller vehicle since you have less protection. Motorcycle accidents can not only lead to head injuries, but to spinal cord injuries as well.