3 Common Road Hazards That Can Result in Catastrophic Motorcycle Accidents
Every person who rides a motorcycle in California should feel that they are driving on safe roads. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. It is all too common that a catastrophic motorcycle accident occurs due to road hazards that could easily have been prevented.
If you are a motorcyclist, keep an eye out for these three common road hazards. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident as a result of one of them, contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation. If you are not a motorcyclist but you see these hazards, let the authorities know and you could be helping to prevent an accident.
1. Small Potholes
Drivers of cars and small trucks may not even notice small potholes but they can be a serious, life-threatening hazard for motorcyclist. In fact, smaller potholes can be a bigger hazard than large potholes for one simple reason: Bikers can generally spot large potholes from a distance away. Smaller potholes are often invisible until it is too late to go around them. Bikers can lower their speed and keep their out for potholes, and other drivers can report potholes when they see them.
It is easy for a biker to avoid a gravel road – that is not the issue in question. The issue is roads that have fallen into disrepair that have then been partially topped with gravel. This is a very dangerous situation for a motorcyclist because gravel does not offer nearly as much traction as they would get if they were driving on asphalt or concrete. It is very hard for motorcyclists to turn on gravel. If you are a cyclist, stay away from even partially gravel filled roads. If you are a member of the community, insist that your local municipal body does not “repair” roads with gravel.
3. Grass Clippings
Many homeowners have no idea that if they mow their lawn and leave grass clippings in the street, they could be causing a serious hazard for motorcyclists. Grass clippings are essentially just like ice – they prevent the motorcycle from getting traction and can result in a serious accident. As a motorcyclist, watch out or grass clippings and avoid them. As a homeowner, sweep up the street if your mower blows grass clippings in the street.
Have You Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident that was wholly or partially someone else’s fault, then it is time to contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707. We will begin with a free legal consultation and will let you know what your options are. If we decide your case has merit and we choose to take it on, we will do so in a 0% risk way – you do not pay us until we win your case and you pay us nothing if we do not win it. Call now to learn more.