Yard work is just one chore that comes with homeownership. Mowing the lawn may seem to be a task that bothers no one. However, what people in New York may not know is that grass clippings left on the street after mowing the lawn may make the road dangerous for motorcyclists. In fact, grass clippings left on the road can be as dangerous as ice on the road for motorcyclists.
This is because grass clippings make the road slick. Motorcyclists lose traction and can no longer control their vehicles. This could lead to motorcycle accidents in which the motorcyclist is injured or even killed.
Some cities have ordinances prohibiting people from littering the roadway or putting debris on the roadway, but many do not specifically mention grass clippings. Some motorcyclists are calling for their state to pass a law prohibiting blowing grass clippings on the road. In the meantime, property owners should blow grass clippings into their yard.
Unfortunately, not all property owners will heed this advice, and will continue to blow grass clippings onto the street. If this happens and a motorcyclist suffers an accident as a result, that motorcyclist may want to hold the responsible party accountable through a personal injury claim. If a motorcyclist can prove the responsible party was negligent, he or she may be able to receive compensation for the damages he or she suffered, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.
Motorcyclists should not have their lives put in danger due to the actions of another. But if they are injured or killed in such situations, a legal filing may be what is needed to help them, or their family in the case of a fatality, get back on their feet financially.