Motorcycle Road Hazards Involving Wheel Separation

“Road hazards” are particularly dangerous to motorcyclists, due to the balance that riders need to maintain in order to avoid loss of motorcycle control accidents.   On this site, road hazards and the Illinois motorcycle crashes they have caused are discussed in many posts.

While many types of road hazards involve items that are sitting on the roadway – or hazards presented by flawed roadway surfaces – another types of hazard is when an item falls off of a vehicle and becomes “airborne,” after which it can hit an oncoming vehicle.  One of those types of hazards – that of “flying tires” and “flying wheels” is discussed on the following page:

Road Hazards – Tires And Wheels

An example of such a road hazard, that seriously injured two people in a SUV, was seen in Colorado on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.  The accident happened when a tire smashed through the windshield of a SUV that was traveling on Interstate 25.  Two people in the SUV were seriously injured.  The tire was lost from a car traveling on I-25, and the tire bounced into oncoming traffic, at which time it struck the SUV.

This accident is further discussed in the January 12, 2017 article (with video and accident scene photo) titled “Loose tire smashes into windshield on I-25” as well as the January 11 CBS Denver article (with accident scene photos) titled “Loose Tire From Crash Smashes Into SUV On I-25.”

A similar type of accident happened on Route 53 in Elk Grove Village in October 14, 2016.  That accident caused a head injury to a driver.

An excerpt from the Daily Herald article of October 14, 2016, titled “Woman injured in crash that stops Route 53 traffic“:

A pickup towing a trailer that was traveling north on Route 53 between Higgins and Biesterfield roads around 6:40 p.m. lost a rear wheel, according to Schaumburg and Elk Grove Village fire officials. The tire crossed into the southbound lanes and hit the woman’s car; she was taken to Alexian Brothers Medical Center with unspecified injuries. The trailer flipped on its side, blocking the northbound lanes.

The October 15 Arlington Cardinal article (“Woman seriously injured…“) says that the tire “hit a 30-year-old woman in the head.”

The driver of the pickup truck was treated at the accident scene.

As seen in an accident scene photo (such as that seen in the article of October 15, titled “1 injured after tire flies off truck, smashes windshield of SUV in northern suburbs“) the damage to the SUV appears to be substantial.

Additional details can be seen in the sources mentioned above.


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