All drivers and motorcycle riders know that road conditions are not always perfect. Sadly, motorcycle riders are more susceptible to serious accidents and catastrophic injuries when road hazards are present. While a normal vehicle can simply drive over a hazard like an uneven road or small pothole, it can cause a motorcycle rider to literally be thrown off their bike.
Below, we discuss some common road hazards that lead to motorcycle wrecks and how our team can help determine potentially liable parties in order to help you get compensated for your losses.
Examples of Poor Road Conditions and Road Hazards
Some road conditions may be causes of nature, while others may be due to poor road maintenance or the negligence of other motorists, companies, or local governments. Here are a few examples of poor road conditions and road hazards that are notorious for causing motorcycle wrecks and resulting injuries:
- Slippery roads during rainfall
- Poorly marked curves
- Poorly lit roads and intersections
- Changing speed limits
- Malfunctioning signals
- Uneven, grooved, or resurfaced pavement
- Debris, such as branches, trees, rocks, furniture, garbage, or food waste
- Unmarked lane shifts or turn lanes
- Railway crossings
- Lack of dividers, medians, or guardrails
- Standing water due to poor drainage
- Steep drop-offs
- Other traffic accidents
- View obstructions
- Construction site hazards
Determining Who Is At Fault and Proving Liability
For many people, their first instinct is to blame the motorcycle rider for the crash. This is also the side that the insurance company tries to take when a motorcycle rider files a claim. The adjuster may try to claim that the motorcycle was speeding or otherwise being negligent or reckless, therefore was responsible for the crash involving road hazards.
However, a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer will be able to gather all the evidence needed to show that a road hazard directly caused the accident, but the rider. The evidence will be used to recreate how the accident occurred and who is liable for the road hazard being present. Some potentially liable parties include:
- Other Drivers. Motorists who fail to adjust their driving habits in poor road conditions could be found to be liable for a motorcycle crash.
- Government Entities. Roads are maintained by cities, counties, and the state. A local government may be liable for failing to maintain the road and ensuring the road is in working order.
- Cargo Loading Companies. If the accident was the result of debris left in the road, it could be found that a cargo loading company negligently loaded a truck and failed to properly secure the cargo.
- Construction Companies. If the accident was the result of construction site hazards, the construction company could be found liable for the resulting motorcycle accident.
Motorcycle Road Hazard Insurance May Be Utilized
In cases where it was not another party or entity who was liable for the road hazard, you may be able to utilize motorcycle road hazard insurance. This will depend on the specifics of your motorcycle insurance policy and whether there is coverage listed for this type of incident.
Keep in mind that many motorcycle insurance policies only cover expenses that result from minor collisions, such as tire replacement, wheel replacement, mounting and balancing, or road service. A vast majority of serious motorcycle crashes, however, will require filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit against other liable parties to avoid paying out-of-pocket expenses.
Protecting the Rights of Injured Motorcycle Riders
At Gill Law Group, PC, we know all too well the obstacles that you may face when filing a motorcycle accident claim in a situation where your crash was caused by poor road conditions. Insurance companies are often biased against injured riders, and you can bet that they will do everything in their power to blame you for the crash in order to deny or devalue your claim.
Our team will not stop until you are offered the maximum compensation that you are owed. Head attorney Raja Gill is an avid motorcycle rider himself and knows what you have to lose. While no lawyer can guarantee results, you have our word that we will fight relentlessly to help you recover physically, emotionally, and financially.
Injured in a motorcycle wreck? Contact the Orange County motorcycle accident attorneys at (949) 681-9952 to get started with a no-fee, no-obligation consultation today!