Though this past winter was uncharacteristically mild, Utah is known for producing some of the greatest winter weather spectacles that earth has to offer. However, with great natural beauty comes a series of innately negative consequences. Frigid temperatures, Rocky Mountain avalanches and slick roads are all direct byproducts of our chilly state of choice. That being said, for motorcyclists living in the Beehive State, winter brings with it a danger whose presence continues to be felt deep into the calendar year: potholes.
Potholes are everywhere and are simply unavoidable for motorists. According to WiseGeek.com, “Potholes form because asphalt road surfaces eventually crack under the heat of the day and the constant stresses of traffic. These cracks allow snow and rainwater to seep into the underlying dirt and gravel.” On cold winter nights, moisture freezes, expands, then subsequently melts, leaving an annoying hole for motorcyclists to dodge while traveling about.
Due to the exposed nature of the transportation method, motorcyclists here in Utah and in other states ride with a heightened sense of awareness. Even with an added level of concentration, glaring sunlight, shading, traffic and general nighttime darkness make potholes nearly impossible to see until it’s too late. Unfortunately, the result is an increase of motorcycle accidents.
Unbeknownst to those injured in motorcycle accidents, in many instances, the State can be held responsible for neglecting overall road safety. If you or a loved one is uncertain as to whether or not a specific motorcycle accident qualifies for monetary compensation for the victim, contact a local personal injury law office for more information.