If you ride a motorcycle regularly, you already know that the roads can
be a dangerous place when other motorists aren’t paying attention.
But sometimes a
motorcycle accident isn’t caused directly by a larger vehicle cutting through an intersection
or making unexpected turns. Some dangers are far more subtle and harder
to recognize, which also means they can be even more hazardous to motorcyclists.
Three dangers motorcycle riders face that you may have overlooked are:
Trash: A driver that chucks garbage out their window is not only disrespecting
the environment and asking for a littering ticket but they are also greatly
endangering motorcyclists that might be behind them. Something as small
as half a hamburger can be absolutely devastating if it strikes a motorcyclist
at 70 miles per hour, startling them, knocking them off balance, and ultimately
causing a high-speed crash.
Debris: Shredded tires, branches and leaves blown out of trees by the wind, dust
and larger particulates from crashes in the past, and more can clump up
into little debris fields on the road. A regularly-sized vehicle can coast
right over most debris without a problem but a motorcycle’s lighter,
two-wheeled frame may lose traction and whip out of control.
Potholes: A pothole is a frustration for the typical motorist but a real danger
for a motorcyclist. If a rider’s tire drops into a pothole, it is
likely going to cause the backend of the motorcycle to kick up, bucking
the rider clear off. The result can be a catastrophic or fatal motorcycle
accident, depending on the rider’s speed.
If you have been in a motorcycle accident due to one of the aforementioned
reasons, it might be possible that someone else is liable for your damages,
including medical bills, repair costs, and lost wages. Talk to the Kingston,
Poughkeepsie, and Newburgh motorcycle accident attorneys at Mainetti,
Mainetti & O'Connor, P.C. to learn what you case might be worth.
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