Who Is Liable for Motorcycle Accidents on Poorly Maintained Roads? By William Chanfrau, Jr. on October 31, 2020

road with potholes Motorcycle accidents can lead to devastating injuries. Although some motorcycle accidents are caused by human error or negligence, many occur due to poorly maintained roads. A motorcycle accident attorney is essential for holding liable parties responsible for accidents caused by poorly maintained roads. 

At Chanfrau & Chanfrau, our attorneys review the details of their clients' cases to determine who is liable for motorcycle accidents on poorly maintained roads in Daytona Beach, FL, Palm Coast, FL, and neighboring areas. If you have been injured in an accident on a poorly maintained road, you are encouraged to schedule a consultation. 

Road Defects Can Cause Serious Motorcycle Accidents

Poorly maintained roads that may not be a problem for cars and other large vehicles can pose a significant risk to motorcyclists. 

When a motorcycle rides over a road defect, like a pothole or bump, it can cause the rider to lose control and crash. The result can be catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, or even death. 

Types of Defects Common to Poorly Maintained Roads

There are several types of defects that can lead to motorcycle accidents on poorly maintained roads. Some of these defects include: 

  • Potholes
  • Large cracks
  • Missing or damaged guardrails
  • Missing or faded lane markers 
  • Obstructed or missing road signs
  • Wet roads caused by improper drainage

Who Is Responsible for Maintaining Roads?

It's important that roads are regularly maintained for the safety of everyone who uses them. The responsibility of maintaining roads typically falls on the government entity that oversees a particular road. This may be the city, county, or state department. 

Road defects should be addressed by the responsible government entity to keep the road reasonably safe. If defects are not addressed, the government entity responsible for the upkeep of the road may be held liable in the event of a motorcycle accident. 

Holding a Government Entity Liable 

In order to hold the government entity responsible for maintaining the road where a motorcycle accident happened, injured parties will have to demonstrate that the government entity was negligent in making necessary repairs in a reasonable amount of time. They must also prove that the government entity was aware of road defects or should have known a road was poorly maintained. 

Finding essential evidence to support a claim of poor road maintenance can be challenging, which is why it's important to have the help of an attorney. Our motorcycle accident attorneys know where to look to find documentation and evidence to hold government entities liable when an accident was caused by negligence in road maintenance. 

Contact the Motorcycle Accident Attorneys of Chanfrau & Chanfrau

A motorcycle accident caused by a poorly maintained road can have lifelong repercussions. Negligent parties who have failed to keep roads reasonably safe should be held liable. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident you believe was caused by poorly maintained roads in and around Daytona Beach, you need the attorneys of Chanfrau & Chanfrau on your side. To schedule a consultation, call (386) 258-7313. 

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