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Grass clippings and motorcycles: A potentially deadly combination

On Behalf of | Jun 13, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motorcyclists often encounter a variety of hazards on the road. From unpredictable weather to inattentive drivers, every ride requires high alertness and precaution. However, one danger is often overlooked – grass clippings. 

While this may seem harmless or trivial, grass clippings can pose a significant threat to motorcyclists when left on roadways.

A hidden hazard

The problem with grass clippings is their slick, almost slippery nature, particularly when wet. When these clippings find their way onto road surfaces, they can reduce traction, turning the road into a hazardous slick, especially for two-wheeled vehicles like motorcycles. In certain circumstances, the loss of traction can be equivalent to hitting black ice, making it incredibly challenging for motorcyclists to maintain control of their vehicles.

Additionally, grass clippings can obstruct a driver’s view of the road, hiding potholes, bumps or other road irregularities that motorcyclists need to see to navigate safely. These factors combined can lead to severe accidents with potentially devastating consequences.

Keep motorcyclists safer

Homeowners and commercial landscapers must be aware of their responsibility to clean up any grass clippings on the road after lawn maintenance. Failure to do so may result in fines and penalties and lead to potential legal liability if an accident occurs due to the clippings.

The dangers of grass clippings to motorcyclists aren’t widely known, making it essential to raise awareness among homeowners, landscapers and the public. Motorcycle advocacy groups, local governments and safety-conscious individuals can all play a role in promoting safer practices and highlighting the risks associated with grass clippings on the road.

Motorcyclists face risks each time they ride. Keeping grass clippings off the roadways removes a specific hazard. For motorcyclists who suffer injuries while riding, seeking compensation is possible when a negligent party causes the crash.