Many people are aware of the dangers that motorcyclists face on our roadways, but those dangers are due primarily to the careless or reckless actions of other drivers. But did you know that mere grass clippings could present a danger to motorcyclists?
When people mow their grass and blow the clippings on the road, they may be contributing to a dangerous situation for both motorcyclists and cyclists. But many wonder: Is this actually against the law?
The answer in most states seems to be both yes and no. In some states, there are laws that prohibit blowing your grass clippings onto the road. But the majority of states allow the cities and counties to determine whether a law has been broken and what the fines are.
A fine and possible criminal charge are not the only things to worry about, however. You could open yourself up to a personal injury lawsuit if your actions are shown in civil court to have caused serious injury or death to a motorcyclist or cyclist.
So, while the legalities of blowing grass onto the roadway and interfering with a motorcyclist’s ability to drive safely are debatable, it is a good idea to use caution in this area.
For example, according to an avid motorcyclist in Indiana, grass clippings in the road make the roadway very slick. The bike can fishtail and it is very easy to lose control. Another biker reported that hitting grass clippings in the road is similar to hitting ice. “You are going to go wherever the grass wants you to go – into a ditch, tree, oncoming car, etc.”
Possible Compensation for Motorcycle Injuries
As with any serious accident, the damages that you suffer will be the major contributing factor in the motorcycle accident settlement or verdict. But before your motorcycle accident claim reaches the courtroom, you and your attorney at The Mann Law Firm will carefully review your losses.
After a grass clipping accident where you lose control of your bike, these could include:
- Pain and suffering from your injuries
- Medical bills, both current and ongoing
- Lost earnings, both now and in the future.
Keep in mind that medical costs could include current and past expenses, as well as physical therapy in the future. Also, you could have to pay for the expense of drugs to deal with your pain, and even expenses such as home remodeling in the case of serious injuries.
Your attorney will work with you to estimate what you are entitled to for your pain and suffering, but this can vary a great deal.