Motorcycle Accidents Caused By Negligent Road Construction
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Motorcycle accidents caused by negligent road construction can result in head and brain injuries, paralysis, amputation, broken bones and other serious and fatal injuries.
Highway maintenance and construction is essential. But road construction sites can create hazards for motorcyclists that lead to dangerous accidents. Roads that are not properly maintained also contribute to motorcycle accidents.
Negligent road construction, whether in the form of neglected repairs or improperly designated work zones, is particularly dangerous for motorcycles because of the nature of these smaller, lighter vehicles. Stopping times, maneuvering capability and susceptibility to uneven roadways all contribute to motorcycle accidents.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident caused by negligent road construction, you could be entitled to monetary damages to assist you with medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. To schedule a free consultation about your case, call Belt & Bruner, P.C. today at 205-933-1500 or complete our online form. A motorcycle accident attorney can help victims throughout Birmingham, Mobile, Huntsville, Montgomery and the state of Alabama.
Negligent Road Construction a Threat to Motorcycles
The hazards that motorcycles face every day are compounded when roadway maintenance is neglected or when a road construction project is not managed correctly. Poor road conditions that are minor annoyances to motorists can pose major hazards to motorcyclists. A well-known study of motorcycle accidents initiated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and known as “The Hurt Report” found that roadway defects (pavement ridges, potholes, etc.) cause 2 percent of motorcycle accidents in the U.S. That would be about 35 of the 1,729 motorcycle accidents reported in the 2010 Alabama Traffic Crash Facts report.
Freeway and roadway construction that leaves excessive amounts of debris and other unexpected hazards make driving and maneuvering difficult and dangerous for motorcycles, as well.
Conditions that cause hazards for motorcycles that can lead to accidents include:
- Broken pavement
- Loose sand
- Wet or slippery surfaces
- Pavement seams
- Railroad crossings
- Grooved pavement
Because motorcycles are smaller and lighter, it is more difficult for other motorists to see them. They also stop more quickly than cars. Often, motorcyclists ease up on the throttle and downshift to slow their bikes as they come to a problem area on a roadway. But this does not engage the motorcycle’s rear light. It can lead to accidents when a quickly slowing motorcycle is hit by a car driver who was not paying sufficient attention. A poorly controlled, crowded construction area increases the danger of a motorist’s not seeing a motorcyclist.
Negligent Road Construction Motorcycle Accident Cases
Construction companies, independent contractors, and others involved in highway construction have an obligation to complete construction projects in a timely manner without endangering the public, including motorcycle riders. If someone is injured or killed in a motorcycle accident caused by road conditions that have been neglected, or because of hazards in an improperly prepared or managed work zone, the government entities or the contractors involved may be liable for the losses the accident victims suffer.
If another driver’s negligence or recklessness causes a motorcycle accident in a construction zone, the driver at fault should be held liable for the losses, pain and suffering of anyone who was injured. A personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit based on negligent road construction requires extensive research and review of every aspect of the accident. Experts in motorcycle accident reconstruction, mechanical design and road construction and engineering may be contacted to help develop evidence that supports the accident victim’s case. Medical professionals and life-care planners can help determine the full extent of the accident victim’s injuries and the likely costs of their recovery.
Legal claims for negligent road construction motorcycle accidents require aggressive advocacy in negotiations with insurance companies or at trial if that becomes the only recourse for getting appropriate relief.
Contact Our Alabama Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today
If you or a family member has suffered property loss, physical pain, or emotional suffering in a motorcycle accident caused by neglected road repairs or an improperly managed road construction project, contact the motorcycle accident attorneys of Belt & Bruner, P.C. We have a strong record of securing maximum settlements and verdicts for victims of many kinds of vehicle accidents.
Call us today at 205-933-1500 or fill out our convenient online form.
Keith T. Belt, Jr., the firm’s founder, is an American Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyer. He is also an Alabama Super Lawyer. Combined, Belt & Bruner, P.C. Alabama injury lawyers have more than 65 years of trial experience in state and federal courts. We work hard to ensure that our clients secure the compensation they and their families deserve.