When driving on the road, one can stumble upon many hazardous objects that can potentially cause a car accident and go as far as seriously harming those involved. Some of those hazardous objects can be there by nature, or by the careless ways in which other drivers secure objects on their vehicles. The most common things you will witness on the street are tire treads, branches, boxes, plastic bags, newspaper, sometimes even furniture that has fallen from a truck. These are items that put a driver more at risk than those in a car due to the exposure to the elements.
A motorcyclist needs to become aware of the various defenses he/she can take while navigating the roads. The biker needs to undergo training on the ways to safely maneuver their bike, use caution, and foresee hazards.
I will provide some general tips for safely riding your bike:
- The driver needs to comprehend and educate themselves on what is a road hazard, and how to deal with hazards on the road, the elements can significantly influence the road conditions. Just because you having been driving for many years, or have never had an accident, you can never be too safe when driving, especially for motorcycle drivers who lack a significant amount of security. Motorcycle accidents often lead to severe injuries.
- Try to avoid heavy traffic. It is always best to ride when the traffic is light, as this will allow you the enough time to get out of the way of any a road hazard you encounter. Try to ride on roads where you have a clear vision, and nothing is obstructing it.
- People tend to love to tail the other vehicle in front of them. This is an outrageous idea, especially if you’re on a motorcycle. Always follow vehicles at a safe distance. It is recommended to leave a space for at least two cars between yourself and the other driver in front of you.
- Pay attention to your surroundings. Always keep your eyes on the road and for potential risks to your safety such as other cars, people crossing the street, children playing, uneven surfaces on the road, animals that can run across, and many others. By giving your attention to the road, you reduce the percentage of falling victim of a car accident.
- Be aware of which routes contain fixed hazards. Try to avoid those roads that will be a risk to yourself at certain times or even during bad weather. Always take note of routes you have come about that have contained a hazard.
- Never exceed the speed limit to the point of not having control of what you see in front of you. When you see a hazard ahead of you, slow down and try to maneuver the other way.
- I advise avoiding driving in the rain, unless necessary. Motorcycles are more at risk of losing control under these conditions.
The main concept is to learn the skills necessary to navigate hazards. This is the key to avoiding any accidents due to a dangerous road, or object. Receive training as to what to do if you encounter gravel, ridges, your tires skidding on rain, ice, or slick surfaces. You can find a lot of information on how to safely handle a motorcycle in various websites. These methods can save your life.
What happens when road hazards cause an accident?
You may wonder “which entity is liable?” It all depends on the road hazard itself. A motorcyclist recovering from medical expenses or other losses suffered through the accident depends on various factors. We’d have to ask ourselves: “Which type of hazard was it? Why was that hazard there? Did someone know about the danger and did nothing about it? Was the motorcyclist in all his senses while riding? Were the other drivers in all their senses while driving?
The law of negligence controls cases like these. Negligence is when a person is careless in their behavior, which leads to someone else’s harm or injury.
Public entities: Negligence in roadway hazards might have derived from the state, the county, the city, or other government agencies who were required to maintain and follow the safety guidelines to ensure the safety of each driver. Their negligent behavior may have led to the accident. Prevention can be as simple as posting a warning sign up.
Private individuals or businesses: Individuals or businesses may have been negligent in their behavior. A perfect example is an accident caused by a fallen tree from a landscaping truck. If a biker crashed due to it, then the landscaper can be liable for the injuries sustained by the biker.
It may not all be someone else’s fault. The driver himself could be the cause of the accident. How was the motorcyclist maneuvering their bike? Were they speeding, or weaving on the highway? The biker’s actions can help prevent any recovery in an accident. This blog post was written by a Motorcycle lawyer in Miami with over 20 years experience.