Each day, motorcyclists in Louisiana are subjected to dangers that other drivers may not experience. This is largely due to the fact that motorcycles are less stable and less visible than other vehicles. Things like uneven road surfaces, debris and wet pavement may not put a standard vehicle at risk. However, these road hazards can cause a motorcycle to crash. The following covers common dangers every motorcycle rider should be aware of.
Drivers who aren’t paying attention
Careless actions by drivers who aren’t paying attention can put motorcycle riders at serious risk. If you’re riding in an area where cars are parked, watch out for opening car doors. Also, always use extreme caution whenever you spot a driver talking on the cellphone or texting.
Debris or objects in the road
It may be rare for debris or objects in the road to cause car accidents. For a motorcyclist, though, even the smallest item on the roadway can cause serious injury or death. The item itself may cause an accident or it can strike you and seriously harm you. Always keep an eye out for debris like:
- Fallen items from trucks
- Tire treads
Whenever you’re changing lanes or merging onto an intersection, realize that drivers may not always notice you. Drivers don’t always pay attention to their blind spots, which is particularly risky since motorcycles are more difficult to see. Pay attention when a car seems to be drifting over toward an intersection or starts to change lanes. Remember that they might not know you’re there.
From standing water to snow or ice, there are many dangers motorcyclists must navigate on a daily basis. By practicing awareness the entire time you’re riding and being attentive to others who share the road, you can reduce your risk of a motorcycle accident.