There are more motorcycles registered in the state of California than in any other state across the country. Even though motorcycles are a great way to see the beautiful scenery throughout this state, there are various types of hazards that motorcyclists need to be aware of. Unfortunately, many of these hazards revolve around the roadway and not on other drivers.
Data from the California Office of Traffic Safety shows that nearly 13,000 motorcyclists sustained injuries in vehicle accidents during the latest reporting year across the state. However, this data does not break down the exact causes of the accidents.
Unfortunately, motorcyclists are more vulnerable to roadway hazards than any other type of driver on the roadway. Motorcyclists rely on stability, which means both of their wheels need to remain on the roadway in order for them to stay safe. Roadway hazards can significantly decrease overall safety for a motorcyclist. Some of the most common hazards that can affect motorcyclists include the following:
In some cases, roadway hazards are nobody’s fault. However, there are times when other parties could hold liability for a roadway hazard. This includes municipal agencies responsible for roadway inspections and maintenance, construction companies actively working on the roadway, or other parties who dump hazards on the roadway (whether intentionally or accidentally).
If you or somebody you care about has sustained a motorcycle accident injury and the accident was caused by a hazard on the roadway, we encourage you to reach out to an attorney as soon as possible. An Irvine motorcycle accident attorney can step in and investigate every aspect of the incident. This will include determining what caused the crash and who was responsible for the roadway hazard as well as working to hold that party liable if they were negligent. Ultimately, an attorney will work to recover compensation for the motorcyclist’s medical bills, lost wages, property damage expenses, and pain and suffering damages.