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The Dangers of Grass In The Road For Motorcyclists
If you’re a motorcycle rider, you know just how scary it is to find grass in the road on a corner or any other loose object like gravel, sand, tree branches, roadkill, rocks or any type of road debris. All of these things can be very dangerous to motorcycle riders as they can cause accidents, especially when these objects are in the middle of a turn where they need traction the most. But how often does this type of incident cause accidents? Well, there is no specific data tracking motorcycle accidents from grass in the road because it is grouped in with all the other accidents where road conditions played a part. However, it is safe to say that hundreds of motorcycle accidents happen every year across the United States due to grass in the road.
Why Motorcycle Riders Need Clean Roads
Motorcycles are very different from cars and trucks when it comes to how they handle. They only have two points of contact with the ground, making them much less stable than a car with four wheels. Due to only having two wheels, they must lean into turns which means they need good traction, otherwise their tires could slip and cause the rider to go down. So when there are loose impediments in the road like grass, sand, gravel or anything else like water or oil, riders cannot lean into the turn as much without the risk of losing traction and crashing. In these scenarios, the rider has to either pick the bike up straight and go through the turn without actually turning so they avoid crashing, or they have to take their chances and try to keep traction the best they can. Both can quickly lead to disaster, especially if the rider is not extremely comfortable handling their motorcycle in such hazardous conditions.
Note: Check out this article for tips on how motorcycle riders can stay safe on the roads.
Who Is Liable For Accidents Caused By Grass In The Road?
Lawn care companies: Lawn mowing companies cut grass all day long, but you’ll notice that most of them blow the grass clippings back onto the lawn instead of leaving them in the road. This is because they understand the liability that comes with not properly removing the grass from the roads. If you are hiring a company that does not do this, make sure you notify them that it is required the next time they cut your grass or they will be liable for any accidents that occur due to their actions.
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