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Shoulder Drop-offs and Motorcycle Accidents

The shoulder of a roadway exists to offer a safe space set apart from the constant flow of traffic and the dangers that the traffic may bring with it. Police officers pull motorists over on the shoulder and drivers who are experiencing technical difficulties pull onto the shoulder for safety. Unfortunately, when negligent road construction or maintenance leads to the creation of a shoulder drop-off, it can turn what should be a safe haven into a highway hazard, especially for a motorcyclist.

If you have been in a motorcycle accident that was caused by an unsafe shoulder drop-off or any other highway defect, then you may wish to file suit against the municipal agency or other party whose negligence led to that unfortunate event. Contact the Wisconsin motorcycle accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874. We can help you hold the responsible parties accountable for your injuries.

A Varied Problem

There is no uniformity among the shoulder heights found across a highway system, and this makes it difficult for motorcyclists and others to predict the effects of crossing onto the shoulder. When the difference in height is substantial enough, accidents associated with the following may occur:

  • Tires may burst upon the sudden compression, leading a motorcyclist to lose control and possibly be dismounted from his or her bike
  • Motorcycles may suddenly shift underneath the rider, causing him or her to lose the road
  • Upon re-entry to the main roadway, a bike’s wheel rotation may be disrupted, compromising a rider’s control

Contact Us

You relied upon a municipal agency to provide a safe roadway system, and this faith was betrayed. For help seeking the financial compensation that you are due for a shoulder drop-off accident, contact the Wisconsin motorcycle accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874.

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