Motorcyclists Should Watch Out for Dangerous Roadways
Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable motorists on Florida roadways. Not only do they not have the protections of a vehicle body around their themselves, their vehicles only have two points of contact with the road, making them inherently less stable than four-wheeled cars and trucks. This latter fact makes motorcycles particularly susceptible to dangerous roads. For example, while relatively small rock in a roadway would pose no problem to even a small compact passenger car, it may cause a motorcyclist to lose control of his or her vehicle or even flip over the handlebars.
Because motorcycle accidents can be caused by roadway conditions, it is important for motorcyclists to exercise caution when on roads that may present hazards. Some of the more common roadway hazards that motorcyclists should be on the lookout for are discussed below. For more information, victims should speak to an attorney familiar with .1
Wet and Slippery Roads
When roads are wet, they can be extremely slippery, making doing things like stopping and turning much more difficult. In addition, conditions that cause wetness like rain or snow can have an adverse impact on driver visibility. While wet and slippery roads are usually the result of natural conditions, but they can also be caused by liquid spills which are the result of poorly secured cargo, poorly maintained roads, inadequate drainage, or failure to properly treat parking lots and roads before a storm, all of which may entitle victims to compensation.
Dirt and Gravel Roads
Dirt and gravel roads also pose a risk to motorcyclists. They often have irregular surfaces that are making riding difficult, and there is usually less traction between the road surface and a bike’s tires than there would be on a paved road. When combined with wetness, snow, or ice, dirt and gravel can be treacherous to ride on, even on bikes made for all-terrain riding.
Poorly Maintained Roads
State agencies and people who own private property on which vehicles can travel have a responsibility to keep their roadways in a reasonably safe condition. When they fail to do so, motorcyclists can be involved in serious accidents that result in severe injuries. Some of the more common kinds of road hazards that cause serious motorcycle accidents include the following:
- Overgrown vegetation
- Inadequate signage
- Faded lane marking
- Malfunctioning traffic signals
It is critical to keep in mind that if you have been involved in an accident caused by a road defect on a public road, your claim may need to be brought in a short period of time. This is because claims made against public agencies are subject to special notice requirements and limitations that do not apply to claims against private parties. For this reason, people injured in accidents caused by defective roads should contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
Call a Clearwater Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today to Discuss Your Case
The attorneys of the Dolman Law Group are dedicated to helping people who have been injured in motorcycle accidents caused by the 2 of others recover for their injuries. To speak to one of our and to find out whether you have a case, call our office today at 727-451-6900 or online.