Spring is in the air. Grass is growing, and homeowners, as well as city caretakers, are doing their best to clean up lawns after winter. In Maryland’s Prince George’s County, blowing grass clippings into the road is considered a serious violation, as doing so can clog storm drains and affect the water supply. There is another big reason as to why this practice should be avoided, though. Grass clippings can cause motorcycle accidents.
How can something so simple and small as grass clippings cause motorcyclists to crash? Motorcycle tires are designed to grip the road. Driving on grass in the road, according to avid riders, is like driving on ice. It makes the road slick and can cause a bike to fishtail. Even seasoned riders have a hard time recovering when this happens.
Unfortunately, every year, across the country, numerous motorcyclists are hurt — or worse — in accidents resulting from driving over grass clippings left in the road. In another state, some motorcyclists have filed lawsuits against homeowners for damages. Maryland residents, those injured while visiting the state or those who have lost loved ones in grass clipping-related motorcycle crashes may be entitled to do the same.
When motorcycle accidents occur, it is normal to question who may be held responsible for victims’ losses. With this particular issue, those who left grass clippings in the road may be liable for damages sustained by accident victims or — in the event of fatality — their surviving family members. An experienced attorney can assist those who have suffered injuries or the loss of loved ones in motorcycle accidents in seeking maximum compensation by negotiating their cases in private or litigating their cases in a Maryland civil court.