Motorcycles can be a fun and fuel efficient alternative to four-wheeled vehicles, offering riders a more engaging means of traveling. However, the increased sensory experience also comes with increased risks. As most motorcyclists are aware, bikes are far more dangerous to drive than a car. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in a crash than drivers of a four wheeled vehicle. Nearly half of all motorcycle accident fatalities are the result of single-vehicle crashes and 42 percent of accidents involved alcohol use by one or more parties involved. Vehicle crashes are not the only hazards motorcyclists face on the road, there are a number of other common perils that pose safety risks to bikers.
Common road hazards are a frequent contributor to motorcycle accidents, which can cause severe injuries, property damage and even casualties. Minor things that would have little or no effect on a car can cause a motorcyclist to lose their stability and maneuverability. It is important that motorcyclists understand all the hazards they may face on the road, be alert to their surroundings, and actively avoid such dangers.
Loose rocks, leaves, gravel and other debris are some of the trickiest hazards for motorcyclists to navigate as piles of debris can be hard to identify and avoid. It is particularly troublesome if encountered during cornering and can cause loss of maneuverability and bike slippage. Uneven road surfaces such as bridge joints and public transit tracks can trap a wheel and essentially trip a two-wheeler causing riding complications.
Weather conditions are also one of the biggest challenges motorcyclists will face. Precipitation not only impairs a driver’s visibility but also reduces performance capabilities of a motorcycle. Wet roads can be slippery and cause any vehicle to lose traction which often results in a collision.
Knowing the risks you face and approaching your motorcycle riding as safely as possible could help you reduce your risks of needing to make a motorcycle insurance claim. Accidents do happen though, which is why it's imperative to have the right Motorcycle Insurance in place from Fleming & Riles Insurance. Please contact us today to learn more at (229) 436-3408.