Motorcycle Accidents Caused By Debris On Roadway

One of the potential hazards motorcyclists face is that of objects or debris on the roadway causing them to get into an accident.

On the September 13 blog post (“Motorcyclist Injured As He Hits Urinal On Edens Expressway In Northern Chicago Suburbs“) a local accident of this type was summarized.  In that instance, the motorcyclist crashed but was fortunate in that the injuries were not life-threatening.

Unfortunately, some of these types of accidents involve fatalities.  Just this week, there was the story of a fatal motorcycle accident in the Atlanta area caused by flying tire debris on the roadway.  As seen in a September 15 Atlanta Journal-Constitution article titled “Tire tread led to Gwinnett motorcycle fatality” :

An airborne tire tread appears to have triggered a fatal accident involving a motorcyclist and tractor-trailer this week, according to Gwinnett County authorities.

Police say Lonnie Cross, 35, was riding his motorcycle Wednesday around 5:30 p.m. in the left lane of northbound I-85 at the I-985 split when he hit the tire tread after it had been struck by another vehicle.

Cross lost control of his motorcycle, and after laying the motorcycle down on the roadway, he ended up resting in the center lane in the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer, police say. The driver of the truck could not avoid running over Cross, police say.

Cross died at Gwinnett Medical Center. Police say no charges were pending.


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