How a wobble can affect motorcycle safety

On this ­blog, we often discuss the catastrophic damage that can be caused when a car or truck crashes into a motorcycle. However, motorcyclists can still be seriously injured in an accident even when no other vehicles are involved. This can be especially true when a rider is traveling at high speeds.

Motorcycles are lighter than cars and only have two wheels which can make certain types of accidents more common for motorcyclists. For example, car drivers may not know what “wobbling” is, but motorcyclists should certainly be aware of this occurrence and what may be the cause of this frightening effect.

Wobbling occurs when there is misalignment between a wheel and the rest of a bike. For instance, if one tire is loose, poorly inflated or supported by a faulty rim, that tire can be unstable. As a bike speeds up, the wobble can get much more pronounced and the bike can start shaking. In some cases, a rider can recover from a wobble and slow down to in time to prevent an accident. In other cases, the wobble results in a very fast loss of control and a devastating crash.

As noted in this article, wobbling can affect both the front and rear wheel of a motorcycle. However, rear-wheel wobbling may be less noticeable and may not impact the performance of the bike as quickly and catastrophically as front-wheel wobbling.

Determining the cause of a wobble can be crucial for riders because it may reveal that a party’s negligence contributed to the dangerous condition of their bike. For example, there may have been improper or failed maintenance performed on a bike that left it vulnerable to wobbling. There may be reason to suspect a motorcycle was built (or repaired) with faulty, defective parts that increased the risk of wobbling.

If negligence did contribute to a motorcycle crash caused by wobbling, there may be compensation available to injured riders and their families for damages suffered in an accident. Speaking with an attorney can be a good way to assess the options available and potential for legal action.