Riding Your Bike on Icy Roads
Motorcycles require a good sense of balance and cautious handling to avoid a spill on the road. Because of their size and two-wheeled design, motorcyclists must also be constantly vigilant of the road conditions around them. Small potholes or cracks in the road that are nothing but a nuisance to automobiles can cause a motorcycle to overturn in an instant. In addition to all of these year-round concerns, motorcyclists venturing out during the winter must be aware of the added hazard of icy roads.
When temperatures drop below freezing and there is any precipitation at all, drivers and motorcyclists alike must take care to avoid icy patches on the road. Sometimes icy spots develop because of a spill or overwatering. It seems that every year, without fail, there are some property owners who forget to turn off their sprinkler systems or garden hoses when temperatures drop. Their simple mistake could cause unexpected patches of ice to develop on the road that put motorcyclists and other drivers in danger.
Motorcycle Accident Liability
Icy roads can cause an accident to occur suddenly and unexpectedly even when there are no other vehicles around. A motorcycle that hits an icy patch could suddenly lose control and skid, possibly turning over or causing the biker to hit a curb, wall, or other obstruction. The motorcyclist may suddenly find himself or herself in the hospital with costly injuries and a damaged bike, possibly unable to work for weeks or months. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by an icy road, someone may be liable for the unsafe conditions and you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages.
If you believe that someone else may be responsible for an unsafe road condition that caused your motorcycle accident, don’t hesitate to contact a personal injury attorney immediately. You may be able to recover compensation for the accident so that you are not paying out of pocket for a collision that was not your fault.
To learn more about motorcycle accident liability and how to initiate a lawsuit for compensation, contact the Wisconsin motorcycle accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874.