Road Hazards for Motorcyclists
Posted on behalf of Lynch Law Firm on Dec 30, 2016 in Motorcycle Accidents News
Motorcyclists often feel bumps in the road and other perils more intensely than someone in a car or larger vehicle would. Both the size of the motorcycle and lack of protection contribute to these issues.
Hazards for motorcyclists are often unique to the bike’s particular design and function as well. Just because a driver is aware of what a hazard may be in a car does not necessarily mean they understand the unique threats that apply to motorcycles.
Some of the most common road hazards for motorcyclists include:
- Rough roads - Motorcyclists often feel every bump in the road, and if the path is not well maintained, it can cause a rider to lose control based on jolts or bumps. Gravel on pavement can also be treacherous for motorcyclists.
- Edge breaks - Motorcyclists can have problems with uneven roads. This is particularly troubling when the lanes of traffic are different heights. This means that if the rider switches lanes, the uneven ground could result in loss of control, especially if the motorcycle is traveling at high speeds. Expansion joints, which join two sections of road or a part of the road to a bridge, can also cause these issues.
- Slippery surfaces - Icy and wet roads present dangers to many vehicles, but they can be especially dangerous for bikes, which do not have as many tires touching the road. Even a simple pile of wet leaves can create a hazard for a motorcycle rider.
- Loose gravel - Gravel on pavement can be an especially treacherous hazard on a road. Unfortunately, this type of hazard is most common on winding roads, where bikers can easily lose control of their vehicles.
In some situations, these hazards are the result of a poorly maintained road. If that is the case, the individual or entity responsible for maintaining the road may be able to be held liable for any resulting injuries.
The experienced motorcycle accident lawyers at Lynch Law Firm can help you determine if you have a case and who should be held liable for your damages if you were injured or lost a loved one in an accident. Contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation.
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