Cold Tire Motorcycle Accidents
[Content Updated 04/14/2021] Welcome to the Ehline Law motorcycle lawyer cold tires injury page. Here, our expert veteran injury lawyers discuss how and why cold tires can cost motorcyclists' and passengers' lives. And we also cover what riders and passengers should know to stay injury and lawsuit-free.
Helping Cold Tire Motorcycle Victims Throughout L.A. And The Golden State
At the outset, winter riding schools for motorcyclists like the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, or Millersport's Park, Tooele, Utah, are places where test and novice riders have tested controlled cold tire crashes. But these remain the few places riders learn how to handle motorcycles in cold weather conditions.
But the average, or newbie rider probably doesn't understand the necessity of these precautionary measures. Looking cool and having loud pipes is the order of the day for many yuppies. But only proper safety measures can help avoid these types of incidents.
A cyclist is presumed to know that a cold tire can mean a spill on a bike. His passenger and bystanders have a right to assume he allowed the tires to become warm before taking them for a joyride. Failure to do so means a spill when taking tight corners or quickly braking, even at low speeds.
Ehline Law Firm has vast experience in creatively litigating cases for and against riders. But we do sue motorists who failed to appreciate their cold tires could mean a slide and crash. On more than one occasion, riders have crashed motorcycles into fixed objects, pedestrians.
Most of all, after a spill or impact, bodies go flying. And some riders have even seen their girlfriend or wife violently thrown from their bike in crashes. Sadly, the occupant on the back of the bike can go headfirst into the hard pavement.
Motorcycle Rider Safety First.
The mantra of safety first resonates with us, and we have recovered millions upon millions of dollars for seriously injured victims in California courts. Read on and learn about this unique type of negligence claim and who you can call at Ehline Law Firm when you are in a pickle and need to sue.
- Temperature and Tires and Survival
- Ride Slow to Get Initial Traction
- Proper Initial Cornering
- Speed and Braking
Due to the risks of riding on two-wheeled vehicles, to begin with, it is vital that riders also perform a pre-ride tire inspection for other hazards.
What Must Motorcycle Riders Do Before Warming Up Their Tires?
- Checking the tire pressure while the tires are still cold (Allow several hours between rides for this to occur)
- Inflate motorcycle tires to the correct pressure based upon the manufacture's PSI ratings.
- Inspect for bulges, uneven wear, thin tread depth, sidewall cracks, abrasions, and screws, nails, pebbles, and other embedded objects.
Tire Temperature Can Mean the Difference Between Life or Death.
The temperature of tires can make a huge difference. And if riding in cold weather, probably two percent of motorcyclists tipping incidents are from using too much brake. In other words, too much brake or throttle causes a cold rear tire to break loose. Expert riders know that overloaded tires slide out. But novices may want to lay heavy on the throttle. Don't do it! Be like an expert and ride cautiously until the tires have warmed to a safe operating temperature. Cold tire crashes are easy to understand and avoid if you know what you are doing.
Of particular interest, it remains common for riders to say:
"I was just riding, cruising down the road when it happened."
Motorcycle Passenger RISKS
Of course, cold tire riding is of particular concern to a rider who has an occupant on the motorcycle's back, especially a small child. Now, there is even more weight. Plus, the occupant can be thrown or tossed from the fishtailing or when the bike gets dropped. And the risks of fishtailing and tipping over are increased when the operator and passenger don't understand how a motorcycle's weight gets distributed when turning or cornering.
Properly Taking Corners Is Of Special Concern
A pre-ride tutorial must be conducted so the passenger understands how the weight becomes transferred to the rear wheels, reducing contact with the front tire to the roadway. Passengers and anyone else hit by the motorcycle, or debris from the spill, can undoubtedly sue the rider who failed to take first tire traction precautions.
Once the motorcycle is upright and on a proper and visible roadway trajectory, acceleration is not recommended. And this goes doubly so when the tires are still warming up in cold weather. Entering a corner slow and then picking up on the throttle early can mean the bike isn’t on the best trajectory. Because of this, the rider needs to figure out the best course of action quickly. Leaning over more into the corner is not the right thing to do since it increases the chance of going down.
In particular, new riders must understand that when there is less ground contact with the front tire, leaning won't help steady the bike. The most common road configuration for a motorcycle to crash is on 180-degree corners when the directional change occurs late in turning maneuvers.
For this reason, many riders may approach the turn too slow. So then they may attempt to remedy the situation by hitting the throttle. When tires are cold, the co-efficient of friction between the tire and roadway surface remains primarily between the pavement and the still cold front tire. Often there will be no grip by that tire in a sharp corner. So this can spell doom to a rider and others.
Proper Usage Of Brakes And Speed
The answer to fix this and make cornering a little safer is using the vehicle's brake until the bike is on the right trajectory for the corner. That way, your bike does not accelerate until the cycle is coming out of the corner. Most of all, once the bike is level again, the roadway ahead can become navigated with balance. Then it is safe to pick up speed and stop the leaning angle for the corner.
The above procedure is a good method of cornering with any motorcycle tire. And when the bike has cold tires, this technique reduces cold tire crash risks. We hope this report on cold tire accident lawsuits was informative. But if you still have more questions about these types of claims, contact Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC. We have achieved significant results for downed riders and their passengers.
Also, we believe we are perfectly suited to help you with your motorcycle lawsuits. And don't forget, we remain experts in liability insurance disputes. Call now at (213) 596-9642.
“Motorcycle Industry Council – Tire Guide” https://www.msf-usa.org/downloads/MIC_Tire_Guide_2012V1.pdf
“NHTSA Tire Safety BRO SPREADS”
https://www.nhtsa.gov/DOT/NHTSA/Vehicle%20Safety/Articles/Associated%20Files/brochure.pdf “Gassed it With Cold Tires,”
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