Spring is a prime time for people to get out on motorcycles. The weather is pleasant so they can enjoy the feeling of the open air. For many motorcyclists, spring is also a time when they brush up on riding safety and give their motorcycles an inspection to ensure they’re ready for the road.
This is also a good time for homeowners, landscaping companies and anyone else who cuts grass to remember that grass clippings can be deadly for motorcyclists. It’s never a good idea to allow grass clippings to blow toward the street because they can cause motorcyclists to lose traction. Riding on freshly cut clippings, especially if they’re damp or wet, is akin to riding on ice and can end in a fatal crash.
Why can’t a motorcyclist just go around the clippings?
Grass clippings in the road don’t always stay in a neat pile. Instead, they can blow around. If they’re strewn across the majority of the lane, the motorcyclist might not see them until it’s too late to stop. In some cases, they can’t swerve into the other lane because of oncoming traffic. There’s no good reason for anyone to put a motorcyclist in this potentially deadly situation when everyone can simply blow the clippings toward the middle of the yard or bag them up.
Any motorcyclist who’s involved in a crash might be thrown off their motorcycle. They can suffer catastrophic injuries that require considerable medical care. If you’re in this position because of the negligence of another person, you may choose to seek compensation for the damages. The laws governing these situations have strict time limits in place for getting your case filed. Be sure you get the legal guidance you need to protect your interests and fight for the compensation you’re due.