Riding a motorcycle presents dangers that other vehicle drivers do not encounter. A minor road defect or an object that causes the biker to swerve can cause serious accidents. Their lack of protection places bikers and their passengers at greater risk of serious or fatal injuries. A few threats to motorcyclists include the following road hazards, commonly known to cause motorcycle accidents:
Gravel on pavement: Many times, gravel factors into bike “lay-downs.” Riders can lose traction on gravel when cornering, on winding roads and when are traveling too fast. Inexperience may play a factor in gravel-related motorcycle accidents.
Pavement edge breaks. An edge break is when two traffic lanes are different heights. This is rarely a problem when driving a car, but it can be risky for unsuspecting motorcyclists, especially when riding at high speeds.
Road expansion and open bridge joints: Joints connect two sections of a road together or a section of a road to a bridge. They allow the road to expand or contract without cracking. Some can be very wide, making it difficult for inexperienced motorcycle riders to navigate them.
Slick surfaces: There are many objects and road surfaces that can become slippery. This makes them much more dangerous for motorcycles than for cars due to the unstable nature of a two-wheeled bike, coupled with its smaller size and lighter weight. Slick surfaces can become truly perilous and cause motorcycle accidents when the biker encounters these road hazards. These are just some of the road surfaces that can be very slippery, especially when wet:
Standing water: Motorcycle tires can hydroplane when driving through a puddle of water, especially at high speeds and if the pool is large.
Snow and ice are more hazardous for motorcycles than for cars.
Railway tracks and crossings: Motorcycle tires can get caught on a railway track and cause an accident. Many railway crossings have metal or wood between the tracks to even out the surface but can become very slick when wet.
Debris or objects in the road. Anything that can fall off a vehicle or fall onto it, such as parts of tire treads, things falling from trucks (furniture, tools, lawnmowers, boxes, industrial goods that fall from the back of a flatbed commercial truck, etc.) becomes dangerous obstacles. Branches, rocks and small animal carcasses are more hazardous to motorcycles than cars.
The Toledo injury attorneys at Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., L.P.A., know all too well that motorcycle accidents produce disproportionally higher percentages of deaths and injuries compared to auto and truck wrecks. Add to that the random, unexpected road hazard-related motorcycle wreck, and bikers will agree that it’s a dangerous world for two-wheeled riders. If there is a negligent party responsible for your accident, we will work to hold the party liable for your losses, including injuries (such as fractures, amputations, brain or spinal cord trauma). Our experienced lawyers seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and damages associated with wrongful death.
Our legal staff investigates all factors surrounding your motorcycle accident, such as performing a detailed survey of the accident scene and all conditions that caused the crash. We document our findings to determine the liable parties — in this case, the party responsible for the road hazard that caused your accident.
At Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer, we represent motorcycle accident victims and their families. If a road hazard caused your accident, you may be entitled to collect compensation from the negligent party. Please call 567-455-5470 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a Toledo road hazard attorney. We represent injury victims in Ohio and southeast Michigan.
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