Drivers must be prepared for almost anything whenever they get behind the wheel, including changes in weather. Many drivers are unaware of how a change in weather can lead to dangerous riding conditions, particularly when the road has become slick.
Riding in wet conditions usually involves driving when there is rain, sleet, and snow. Although snow is not too common in North Carolina ice can lead to slippery and wet road conditions.
According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation there were more than 3,000 collisions caused by a driver swerving due to wind or a slippery surface. Furthermore, there were more than 4,000 motorcycle accidents throughout the state that same year and more than 1,100 occurred during winter and spring months.
It is important the drivers know how to handle riding in wet conditions and what to do if you loss control of your vehicle. Under such circumstance being unable to control the vehicle or being near another driver who cannot regain control of their vehicle can lead to a serious car collision.
If you or a loved one has been injured in motor vehicle accident caused by a careless driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
Tips for Riding in Wet Conditions
One of the reasons drivers must take riding courses before receiving their motorcycle endorsement is so that they know how to handle difficult situations. Courses are even offered for those who have their endorsement but want to brush up on their skills.
It is important for drivers and motorcycle riders to know, and practice, defensive driving techniques in order to lessen their risk of a collision.
A few tips for riding in wet conditions include:
Slow down – When it rains it your brakes are less effective as water acts like a lubricant on the road so always slow down when it is raining.
Avoid shiny/smooth surfaces – Steel and painted road signs and lines are much more slippery when wet, avoid these if possible or slow down further when approaching them.
Keep your tires maintained – The more worn your tires are, the less traction they have and more difficult it can be to control your motorcycle while it is raining. One of the most common causes of hydroplaning accidents is worn tire tread.
Avoid puddles – Puddles can lead to hydroplaning but could also mean there is a pothole in the road.
Increase your distance – During rainy conditions riders should follow at the minimum the 2-second rule so that you have enough time to suddenly brake, if you need to, without colliding with the car in front of you. Those driving behind motorcycles should also permit enough room between themselves and the rider.
Wear the right gear – Failing to be prepared for the weather and an accident can be the different between minor and life-threatening injuries. Always wear a helmet and other protective motorcycle gear.
The first 15 minutes of rain are the slickest as oil and water meet on the pavement. Riders may want to consider pulling over for gas, food, or just a break until the first few minutes of rain have passed. Motorcycle riders who are inexperienced may wish to avoid driving in rainy conditions if possible.
Contact our Clemmons Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Being caught in a rainstorm or thunderstorm can be frightening, particularly for motorcycle riders who have to brave the weather conditions without any cover. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident during bad weather, and the incident was caused by a careless driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation.
At Lewis & Keller we understand how devastating it can be to be involved in a motorcycle injury that led to serious injuries. Out attorneys are dedicated to fighting for the rights of those who have been injured due to another’s negligence. We can provide comprehensive legal counsel and help guide you through the entire litigation process.
We have offices in Greensboro and Winston-Salem and proudly serve the surrounding areas, including:
- Oak Ride
…and many more local towns and cities. To find out how we may be able to help you, contact us at 866.299.1769. Your initial case consultation is completely free and we can help you determine if you have a case, and if so, how to proceed.