Motorcycle Loss Of Control Crashes Caused By Road Hazards

Motorcycle loss of control crashes can happen for a number of reasons.  This type of accident has been especially prevalent in Illinois during 2018, as seen in the many loss of control crashes that have been discussed on this site.

Due to the inherent stability needed to safely ride a motorcycle, any factor that causes instability can cause a loss of control.  One common reason for a sudden loss of stability is if a road hazard is encountered and has problematical impacts.

Various types of road hazards exist.  Many are unexpected, and as such may leave the rider with little if any reaction time to try to avoid a crash.  One common type of road hazard is foreign items that are on the roadway, such as cargo or other items that have just fallen off of other vehicles.  These can include such things as truck tire treads that have fallen off of trucks; metal pieces that has fallen off of cars and trucks; and other items that, if run over by the motorcycle, can cause a loss of control.

Another type of road hazard is a large pothole.  When hit, these large potholes can cause a motorcyclist to lose control of the bike and crash.

Recently, the City of Chicago chose to settle a motorcycle accident lawsuit that involved a motorcyclist hitting an unfilled pothole in the 2600 block of South Damen in 2010.  The motorcyclist, Carlo Kintanar, 31, crashed and was subsequently fatally injured.  The accident and $4 million lawsuit settlement is discussed in the July 23, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Alderman sign off on $4.5M in settlements tied to police wrongdoing.”

Additional details concerning these motorcycle loss of control crashes be seen in the sources mentioned above.


Should you or someone you care for experience a motorcycle accident injury or fatality in Illinois, please contact the Elman Joseph Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the legal situation and to determine whether a personal injury lawsuit should be filed.  Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC ( is an Illinois personal injury law firm that concentrates in Illinois personal injury and wrongful death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.)

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