What Should You Do When Road Debris Causes a Motorcycle Accident?
Posted on November 15, 2018
Motorcyclists are most susceptible to serious accidents on our roads because they have fewer protections from serious harm like those inside motor vehicles have. As a result, the simplest accident could easily turn into something deadly for a motorcyclist. The same can be said when road debris suddenly appears on the road, causing a motorcyclist to lose control of their vehicle in the blink of an eye.
Between the years 2011-2014, road debris was a huge factor for more than 200,000 crashes involving motorcycles that were responded to by police. These accidents led to over 39,000 injuries and 500 fatalities. If a motorcyclist is driving at fast speeds, there is a good chance that one of these accidents can turn into one that leads to serious injuries or even a fatality. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in one of these accidents, you might wonder where you can turn during this difficult time.
Types of Debris Motorcyclists Hit
There are a few types of road debris that cause serious accidents every year when a motorcyclist strikes them. These include the following:
- Tree branches or parts
- Tire pieces left behind when a tire explodes
- Car parts
- Signs left behind on the roads
Making a Claim Against Another Party
One of the main aspects that a motorcyclist might wonder is, “Who is going to pay for my injuries and other damages after I have been involved in one of these accidents?” Road debris can sometimes be tied to somebody who left it behind, such as another driver or a truck driver who negligently left the debris all over the roads, knowing that it could have caused harm to another driver. However, in other cases, you might have a claim against a party who is in charge of taking care of the roadways. This means that you might end up in a situation where you have to bring a government claim.
This is especially true if a motorcyclist strikes a pothole, which could easily send a motorcyclist flying off of their vehicle and into harm’s way. Municipalities and other types of government are supposed to keep up with these conditions and ensure that they do not create harmful scenarios on our roads. In these instances, you might have a claim against the government. This means that you will have to make your claim within a smaller timeframe and ensure that you are filing it with the right part of the government. There are many unique deadlines and conditions that you need to consider in these cases, which is why you should never handle them alone.
When you have been injured in an accident on our roads due to debris and the negligent parties who left these conditions behind, you have a right to compensation. Hiring the help of an attorney during this difficult time might be the right decision in your specific case and the only way that you can be assured that your claim is going to wield the results you deserve. At Katz Kantor Stonestreet & Buckner, we will help you deploy a team of experts who can ensure that every critical piece of evidence in your case is working together to protect you and your rights at this time. We will act quickly to ensure that your case is handled in the right amount of time and all other aspects are met. For the best care in your case, call us today at 304-431-4050. We are waiting to hear from you.
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Disclaimer: Our intent in these posts it to bring attention to the dangers members in our community face and to encourage caution. Accidents do happen and we hope these posts help those affected. However, this information should not be misconstrued as legal or medical advice, and we urge you to contact a trained legal professional for more information regarding your specific situation.