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What are common road hazards for motorcyclists?

Road hazards are a common cause of motorcycle accidents and many hazards that go unnoticed in a car will, in fact, cause a motorbike to crash. Things like debris, uneven road surfaces, small objects, or wet pavement, can cause a motorcycle to crash.

Motorcyclists encounter many more hazards on the road than do cars, and bikers should not assume that because they’ve been driving a car for years, they know how to practice safe driving on a motorcycle.

Some of the most common hazards for motorcycles are surprising. Learning what does and does not constitute a hazard before driving your motorcycle may help prevent serious injury in your future.

It is important for motorcyclists to understand what constitutes a hazard, be alert for such dangers, and take precautions to avoid them. Here are some of the things bikers should be on the lookout for:

  • Crosswalks and other painted lines
  • Railway tracks
  • Railway crossing areas
  • Metal bridge decks
  • Cattle guards
  • Oil, anti-freeze, grease
  • Rain after a long dry spell
  • Gravel on pavement
  • Leaves
  • Small animals
  • Standing water
  • Ice
  • Snow

If a biker is injured in a road hazard accident, negligence law governs whom or what entity might be liable for the biker’s injuries.

This post was intended to provide general information only and is not intended as specific legal advice. You should not rely upon this information alone, but should consult legal counsel regarding the application of the laws and regulations discussed and as applied to your specific case or circumstance.