Hazardous Road Conditions

Chopper Law: Motorcycle Accident Attorneys: Obstructions or Hazardous Roads

While we always have to be on the lookout for other drivers, as motorcyclists it is equally important to pay attention to hazardous road conditions, roadway obstructions and construction zones. Each of these three scenarios pose potential threats to our safety and our lives.

From hidden or to closely positioned guard rails and road signs to temporary detours due to construction, ordinary roadside objects like signs or posts can often form an obstacle course for riders,  Motorcyclists must always be keenly perceptive of their surroundings, especially when riding unfamiliar roadways.

As cited in “Findings from the Hurt Study – Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures,” a University of Southern California study of motorcycle accidents that was funded by the National Highway Traffic Association, they concluded that, “Approximately one-fourth of these motorcycle accidents were single vehicle accidents involving the motorcycle colliding with the roadway or some fixed object in the environment.”

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident due to poor road conditions and live in Pasco, Hernando, Citrus, Pinellas, Hernando or Hillsborough counties, contact the motorcycle accident lawyers here at Chopper Law for a free consultation.

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Types of Road Hazards Motorcyclists May Encounter

Road design and defects in the road can cause motorcycle accidents. The roadway or street on which you were traveling may have a design flaw, or the signage on the road might be inadequate or incorrect or poorly positioned. Some of the typical shortcomings or design flaws in roadways include poorly designed or engineered intersections, lack of dividers, not enough room along the shoulder and flooding because there is not adequate drainage. Flooding could cause one to lose control of his or her bike resulting in severe, life-altering injury, exorbitant medical costs and possibly even death.

  • Potholes
  • Badly designed intersections
  • Faulty traffic signals
  • Inadequate drainage
  • Missing or badly positioned guard rails
  • Poorly marked construction zones
  • Heavy road equipment

Defects with the signs or signals along the road could fail to provide proper warning to motorcyclists. If you do not have knowledge of upcoming features in the road, accidents can happen. In some cases, the signs may be missing entirely, or there may not be signage indicating an upcoming construction area. The roads here in Central Florida are often improved or redesigned to accommodate our growing population. It is vital that these areas have proper signage alerting drivers. Defective and broken traffic lights can cause similar problems.

Debris In The Road: When To Call A Motorcycle Accident Attorney

The road or highway might also be shoddily maintained. There might be potholes, uneven (and unmarked) pavement or debris in the road. Broken streetlights can cloak the street in darkness and even the motorcycles headlight may not be able to illuminate enough of the road to show all of the curves.

Each of the preceding problems that motorcyclists may find along the highways and roadways throughout Central Florida can cause serious motorcycle accidents resulting in injury and in some cases death. If you have been in a motorcycle accident because of road hazards or obstructions and live in Hernando, Citrus, Pinellas, Hillsborough or Pasco Counties, contact tough, tenacious and experienced motorcycle accident attorneys. We have been handling motorcyclist’s personal injury cases for years, and we have the experience you need to get any lost wages and medical bills you need and deserve.

Your initial consultation with our motorcycle accident attorneys is free and you will not have to pay any legal fees unless you win money in your Central Florida motorcycle accident personal injury case. Call us today for a free case evaluation regarding your motorcycle accident and any road hazards or obstructions that may have contributed to the crash.