The moment that there is the scent of spring in the air, motorcycle riders start getting impatient. They can’t wait to get their bikes out of storage and hit the open road.
However, even with warmer temperatures, early spring riding brings its own set of challenges.
Beware of changing road conditions
After a long winter, roads can be in tough shape, and riding on damaged roads presents several risks for motorcycle riders. Potholes and cracks form due to snow plows and ice freeze-thaw cycles, creating potential hazards for riders. If they’re not avoided, they can cause a rider to lose control of their bike, potentially resulting in a crash or injury.
Additionally, debris and sharp objects can cause a flat tire, leaving the rider stranded and potentially putting them in danger if they are on an isolated stretch of road. And melting snow can cause wet and slippery road conditions.
Another hazard for motorcyclists are the homeowners doing lawn maintenance. They should always slow down when riding near freshly-mowed areas. Wet, freshly-cut grass clippings on the road can create a slippery surface. This lack of traction can cause riders to lose control of their motorcycle, potentially leading to a catastrophic accident. Furthermore, the larger chunks of grass may stick in the tires’ grooves and cause unpredictable steering or loss of power.
In some cases, homeowners or lawn care companies can be held liable for damages caused by grass clippings on the road if they were negligent in their lawn care practices. They may be held responsible for any resulting accidents if they don’t take reasonable steps to ensure that grass clippings are not blown into the street.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to grass clippings on the road, it is essential that you speak with someone as soon as possible. You may have a valid claim against a homeowner who was negligent in their lawn care practices.