Road Hazards Causing Motorcycle Accidents

Road hazards are a subject that has been discussed often on this site, as such road hazards are particularly hazardous to motorcyclists.  Road hazards can take many forms, including foreign items that are sitting on the roadway, or items have fallen off of other vehicles.  These various road hazards have caused or contributed to many Illinois motorcycle crashes, some fatal.

One such road hazard is when deer suddenly run into the path of a motorcycle.  Such deer accidents have caused numerous fatal Illinois motorcycle accidents, and are further discussed on the “Road Hazards – Deer” page.

On August 11, 2016, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released findings from a research report titled “The Prevalence Of Motor Vehicle Crashes Involving Road Debris, United States, 2011-2014.”  The report highlights the incidence of accidents caused by road hazards.  While the report only factors in crashes by vehicles including cars, pickup trucks, vans, minivans, and SUVs, the report highlights the extent of road hazards causing accidents, particularly those on highways.

As stated in the report’s Fact Sheet:

Between 2011-2014, road debris was a factor in a total of more than 200,000 police-reported crashes

Resulted in a total of approximately 39,000 injuries and 500 deaths

The Fact Sheet defines road hazards as:

Road debris is defined in the current study as debris from any source, including by not limited to vehicles, that can pose a significant safety hazard (animals in the road, trees that fell onto vehicles, debris caused by a previous crash, and construction-related materials in active work zones were not counted as debris)

Also, the fact sheet mentions that:

About two-thirds of debris-related crashes are the result of items falling from a vehicle due to improper maintenance and unsecured loads.

The report is also discussed in the August 11, 2016 article (with video) titled “New Study Shows Risks of Road Debris in Highway Crashes.”  The video in the article shows a motorcyclist getting into an accident after an item falls from a vehicle, directly into the path of a motorcycle traveling behind the vehicle.  The motorcyclist is ejected from the motorcycle during this accident.

Additional details regarding the hazards caused by road hazards can 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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