Road Debris Can Be Dangerous to Motorcyclists and Contribute to Major Accidents
By Younker Hyde Macfarlane on June 30, 2014
On the road, there are plenty of hazards that can be posed by other motorists and other vehicles, particularly when the drivers of these vehicles are reckless or not abiding by traffic laws. Additional dangers can actually be posed by objects that are in the road. All kinds of debris can lead to hazards for anyone driving on that road, particularly for motorcyclists. Our personal injury attorneys take all kinds of auto accidents seriously, no matter their cause, and we will fight for all injury victims so that they can receive just compensation.
We would like to take this opportunity to consider why debris on the road is so dangerous to motorcyclists and what can be done to assist accident victims in these particular cases.
Why Road Debris Is Such a Problem
All objects on the road can pose a hazard. This goes for rocks and branches to mattresses and shredded tires. When you're driving, there is a tendency to want to swerve out of the way of objects in order to avoid potential vehicle damage, especially with large objects. This swerving or sudden adjustment may lead to side collisions with others nearby.
If you run over an object on the road, it can potentially cause your vehicle to lose control, or it could cause the object to ricochet on impact and hit another vehicle nearby. Whatever may happen, these are dangers that need to be taken seriously.
These Problems Are Worse for People on Motorcycles
Since motorcyclists are driving smaller vehicles on only two wheels, objects in the road pose bigger problems. It is much easier to lose control of a motorcycle when swerving quickly or after running something over, for instance. Or if an object is run over, there is a chance of a tire blowout or losing control. Ricocheting objects run over by other vehicles may also fly at a motorcyclist, and he or she is much more vulnerable to injury simply given the nature of the vehicle.
What's more, even multiple small objects on the road such as pebbles or sand may cause the motorcyclist to lose traction with the road and get into severe accidents due to loss of control.
Tips for Staying Safe: Drive Cautiously and Abide By Traffic Laws
If you are driving your motorcycle, be sure to abide by all traffic laws, especially posted speed limits and any warning signs about possible debris. Be sure to be aware of your general surroundings and to drive defensively. By being attentive on your bike, you will be able to prevent a number of hazards that you may encounter on the road.
How Our Legal Team Can Help Accident Victims and Their Loved Ones
The object on the road may be the result of an unsecured load on a commuter or commercial vehicle. It could also be the result of poor maintenance by local governments and municipalities, or it may be leftover from a negligent road crew. Whatever the case may be, injured drivers should speak with our motorcycle accident attorneys about their legal options. We will be sure to examine all aspects of your case and, based on the circumstances, seek justice against the responsible person or party.
Learn More About Auto Accident Cases and Your Legal Options
If you would like to learn more about auto accident litigation and what your legal options are following a serious accident, be sure to contact our Salt Lake City, Utah personal injury attorneys today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you receive just compensation for any injuries sustained or losses that have been experienced as a result of your motorcycle accident.
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