Motorcycle Accidents and Road Defects
Motorcycle accidents happen because of rider errors and reckless tendencies, but there are instances where they happen because of third parties, such as dangerous road conditions. Those who are responsible for the construction and maintenance of the road that has caused an accident may be held liable. In fact, according to the website of Mazin & Associates, PC, those who have been hurt in motorcycle accidents may get compensation.
Defective traffic lights and signs
Traffic lights are there to ensure that every motorist is passing without obstructions. If the lights are not functioning properly, motorists may get involved in accidents caused by right-of-way issues. Warning signs, such as about speed limits and construction sites ahead, may also put motorists at risk if they are absent, incomprehensible, or not effectively visible. Motorcyclists are particularly at risk because they are not wrapped in metal chassis like car drivers. They may sustain more serious injuries when they get involved in accidents.
Lack of barriers and dividers
There should be proper barriers outside of the roads, so motorists who veer off roads will not crash down embankments or fall from elevated spaces, such as in freeways and mountainous areas. Barriers can also be placed between the opposite lanes to prevent motorists from swerving into oncoming traffic.
If these barriers and dividers are absent or not strong enough, they may result into head-on collisions, rollover accidents, and even deaths. Since motorcyclists only have limited protections, like helmets and pads on the knees and elbows, they may be more vulnerable to bodily damages.
Potholes, cracks, and other dangerous road conditions
Motorcycles have less traction on the road because they only have two tires and these tires are thinner compared to those from vehicles. This means that they are more prone of crashing because of defects on the road, such as cracks, debris, potholes, slippery materials like rainwater and ice, and trash.
Road visibility is an important aspect of safe riding. Anything that can affect visibility, such as unmaintained trees and bushes and poor lighting, can compromise safety. What makes this issue more dangerous is the fact that motorcyclists have the tendency to be less visible on the road, because they are smaller, have less effective lights, and often weave through traffic.