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What are some unique dangers motorcycles face?

On Behalf of | Feb 24, 2022 | Motorcycle Accidents

While driving around and enjoying the nice weather outside, you may wonder about the particular dangers that motorcyclists face on the road.

Learning about what to stay wary of and what dangers are present on busy roads can help you make the best choices possible.

Crowded areas

According to the United States Department of Transportation, busy city streets can increase the likelihood of an accident. People may open their car doors into the street without looking around and knock you off your motorcycle as you drive by on the other side.

Since a motorcycle does not take up as much space on the road, some vehicles may assume they can drift into your lane as they drive. This can leave you fighting for space and struggling to stay on your motorcycle without falling off.

Less visibility

If truckers forget to check their blind spots while switching lanes on the road, then you could be in danger of getting hit. Since truck drivers sit up higher than people in smaller vehicles, there are more areas to their sides and back that their mirrors cannot properly reach.

A reckless truck driver may not think to check while switching lanes or exiting a highway.

Different handling

Since a motorcycle has no body or doors, there is less protection around you and you typically are more exposed to weather and the elements. Your two wheels also grip the road differently, which means enduring a hit from a car can seriously injure you or cause you to lose control and crash.

Taking into consideration all the differences between cars and motorcycles is important while riding.