Motorcycles are especially susceptible to hazards which come in the form of changes in the surfaces of the roadways. Motorcycles which have thinner tires have an even greater risk as they are considered more unstable. Roadway hazards can bring down even the most experienced motorcyclist, causing them to lose control of their bike and veer off the road or even to slide into the path of an oncoming vehicle. Motorcyclists who have suffered injuries as a result of an accident caused by a road hazard will want to consult an experienced personal injury attorney who can help prove responsibility for the dangerous road conditions. Here are the most common road hazards that lead to motorcycle accidents most often:
Potholes in the Roads
Temporary roadway repairs are often responsible for surface breaks in the pavement known as potholes. This occurs when the road construction is done in stages and the construction crews temporarily resurface a portion of a road with weak materials, intending to replace them later on. These temporary and inferior substances can crack soon after they are repaired, leaving broken or loose edges of road surface. Other causes of potholes are simple wear and tear of the roadways.
Rough Roads or Gravel on Pavement
Road disrepair can lead to rough, bumpy roads which can be very hazardous to motorcycle riders. Construction work and resurfacing efforts also lead to uneven and rough roads which cause a motorcycle to crash. Gravel can be potentially one of the trickiest road hazards for a motorcyclist to navigate, especially when the cycle rounds a corner.
Hitting an Animal
While hitting a deer or elk can be a serious issue for an automobile driver, hitting even a small animal such as a rabbit can throw a motorcycle completely off balance. Swerving to miss a small animal—or a larger one—can also cause the cyclist to skid off the road, potentially hitting a car or a fixed object.
Slick Surfaces as a Cause of Motorcycle Accidents
Like most other road hazards, slippery surfaces are much more dangerous for motorcycles than for cars due to the relative instability of a motorcycle as well as the smaller, lighter size. Slick surfaces are even more dangerous when the biker is engaged in a turn, and any of the following debris or surface can cause the road to be slick: leaves, trolley tracks, certain painted surfaces, anti-freeze or oil, rain or even mud and oil. The first half of a rainstorm is also considered a very dangerous, very slick time for a motorcycle rider.
Contact Our Experienced Denver Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident because of poor road conditions, you may have a valid claim against the public agency that is responsible for the road hazard. Time is of the essence, however, and you may need to file a claim immediately to protect your legal rights. Call Denver attorney Robert Paysinger today to discuss your case. Our law firm offers FREE case consultations and can be reached at 303.279.0221.
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