Motorcycle Accidents Caused by Road Debris: Are You Entitled to Compen

By Mark T. Flickinger, JD on May 23, 2018

Motorcycle on the ground after an accidentWhat comes to mind when you think of motorcycle accidents? Collisions? Cars making left-hand turns? Chances are, debris is not the first thing that comes to mind. However, many motorcycle accidents are caused by road debris.

Whether on account of gravel, fallen goods, branches, or other obstacles, motorcycle accidents can result in serious, lasting injuries, or even death. If you suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident due to road debris, you may be entitled to compensation. Call on the experienced attorneys at Flickinger, Sutterfield, & Boulton in Provo, UT to find out.

An Overview of Motorcycle Accidents Caused by Road Debris

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than 50,000 debris-related motorcycle accidents take place annually. Of these, nearly 20 percent (9,800) result in some sort of injury. Sadly, an average of 125 lives are lost in these accidents each year.

Because motorcycles have only two wheels, they are more likely to be injured in debris-related accidents than cars, trucks, buses, and other vehicles. Operators are not shielded by a protective steel cage, either. The motorcyclist is exposed on all sides, leaving them susceptible to airborne debris, such as kicked up rocks. Even debris as small as gravel can result in a loss of traction.

There are many types of debris that can cause motorcycle accidents, including:

  • Tree branches: After a storm, tree branches are often scattered on the road.
  • Rocks and gravel: Worn down roads often contain tiny rocks and gravel.
  • Tire parts: When a tire blows, it usually leaves pieces behind on the road. These pieces of tire can be an obstacle for motorists.
  • Truck cargo: If a truck driver does not secure the cargo, it can fall off. This can include metal debris from appliances, as well as tool boxes, ropes, furniture, and more.
  • Trash: Litter, such as soda cans and food, can pose a hazard on the road.

How a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Help You

It is vital that, when riding a motorcycle, you keep an eye out for debris on the road. However, even the most attentive rider may be unable to prevent an accident. An accident can result in injuries, such as road rash, broken limbs, soft tissue injury, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury (TBI), amputation, and death.

It is often difficult to locate the debris in a debris-related motorcycle accident. It is also challenging to pinpoint the responsible party, whether it is another driver, a governing body, or another party.

That is why you need an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer on your side. Our team of seasoned attorneys at Flickinger, Sutterfield & Boulton will get to the bottom of your case and help you secure the maximum compensation possible.

Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today

If you were a victim in a motorcycle accident caused by road debris, you owe it to yourself to contact Flickinger, Sutterfield & Boulton. As an accident victim, you have a right to secure compensation for your injuries. We will help determine the severity of your injuries, identify the responsible party, quantify the damages, and secure maximum compensation on your behalf. Contact our practice or call (801) 753-1616 today.

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