I guess it was only a matter of time before this happened. I have hit some potholes in my car that made me feel grateful that I was not on a motorcycle at the time. I have also been a passenger on a motorcycle on Lake Shore Drive when we hit some really bad rippled and broken pavement. We bounced so hard I thought I was coming off the back of the bike, and it made me wonder if that has ever happened to anyone.
This article posted in The Herald News yesterday really got to me. I subscribe to motorcycle alerts on Google and I see headlines about motorcycle deaths everyday. I usually do not read them, because it can be very depressing. However, this one hit too close to home. First, the rider was a local guy, and second, he was killed because he was sent airborne after his motorcycle hit a city pothole.
Scanning well ahead, having good reflexes, and practicing evasive maneuvers (swerving) help us avoid the majority of the potholes or debris in the road. However, sometimes we spot them too late and from time to time traffic conditions do not permit us to swerve or brake to avoid it.
Anyone who drives or rides in the city is aware of how bad the potholes can be, especially in the late winter/early spring months. I think the city did a pretty decent job of patching the potholes in a timely manner last spring. However, new ones pop up every day. We can help by calling 311 and reporting potholes when we see them.
Also, if your car or motorcycle has been damaged by a pothole on a Chicago road, you can file a claim with the City of Chicago at www.chicityclerk.com. To submit a problem about a State road visit dot.il.gov.
Who knows, reporting a pothole may just save someone’s life.
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