Road Obstructions and Multiple Vehicle Accidents
Road obstructions are dangerous for any driver. Whether it is a small object or a large load dropped from a truck, anything blocking a lane of traffic can be a hazard. Four wheeled vehicles can often safely avoid hitting an obstruction either by swerving around it or straddling the object so that the car passes over it. If the object is small, some drivers may choose to just drive right over it without changing speed or direction. For motorcycles, on the other hand, even small objects can be a significant danger that could cause an accident.
The Unaware Auto Driver
Drivers of four-wheeled vehicles may not realize the unique hazards and conditions that motorcyclists deal with every day. Many of them have likely never been on a bike and can only relate to driving a car on a road. This lack of understanding sometimes leads to drivers behaving unsafely around motorcycles by not giving an ample following distance, cutting bikers off, or passing too closely or in the same lane.
All of these behaviors create a dangerous driving environment for a motorcyclist who may suddenly have to respond to hazards that a car driver doesn’t notice.
Motorcyclists have to look out for road problems that pose a unique threat to two wheeled vehicles. Because motorcycles are less stable than cars, they must avoid even small bumps or potholes that could throw the rider off balance. Cracks in the road can also be dangerous if they are wide enough for a rider’s wheel to become lodged.
Likewise, motorcycles often need to slow down more than cars to cross railroad tracks safely. A motorcyclist may have to quickly stop, change lanes, or move within the lane to avoid an obstruction. Car drivers may not notice a small bump or pothole as a motorcyclist would and may make the grave mistake of not giving the rider enough room to maneuver.
An inattentive or reckless driver who does not give a motorcycle ample space could cause a serious accident that leaves the motorcyclist severely injured. If you have been hurt in an accident with another vehicle, consider contacting a personal injury lawyer immediately. The other driver may be liable for your injuries and you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages.
Road obstacles and careless drivers are a dangerous combination that could cost you much pain and suffering and thousands of dollars. For sound legal advice and assistance on motorcycle accidents and how to initiate an injury lawsuit for compensation, please contact the experienced Wisconsin motorcycle accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874.