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Boling Rice LLC
207 Pirkle Ferry Road
Cumming, Georgia 30040
Phone: (770) 887-3162

Cumming, GA Motorcycle Accidents Caused By Rainy Conditions

Rainy Window In TrafficMotorcycle riders face numerous risks. Although motorcycles account for only two percent of all vehicles on the road, they are nevertheless involved in at least 10 percent of all crashes. In 2007, more motorcyclists were killed in crashes than in any other year since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration[1] began collecting data on accident fatality in 1975. Motorcyclists who are involved in accidents account for three times more injuries than drivers or riders in passenger cars, and 18 times more likely to be killed in an accident.

Riding in the Rain in Forsyth County

Most motorcyclists avoid riding in the rain. Not only does rain affect stability and traction, it also can interfere with a driver’s concentration. Further, if it has not rained in awhile. the rain will bring up the oil on the road that has built up during the dry season and causes the road to be even more slippery. Even slow speed turns in the rain can cause the rear tire to slide out from under and cause a motorcycle accident.  If it is absolutely necessary to ride in the rain there are several things to remember:

  • Cover up and be visible: You want to stay as dry as possible, which is not easy riding in the rain. Even the most expensive rain suits[2] will be put to the test in heavy rain. Use a full-face helmet because it will keep the rain from hitting your face. Visibility is also important so consider a reflective rain suit. Bright colors can also be important because decreased visibility in the rain is one of the main reasons for motorcycle accidents.
  • Stay calm: Whether the roads are wet or dry, you need to remain calm on your motorcycle, and not be tense or stiff. Sit down in your regular riding position, rest your hands on the bars like you normally would, and make sure your elbows, shoulders and neck are free to move around. It is important to keep loose in dry conditions, but even more important in wet conditions. Make sure to keep your eyes focused on painted lines, manhole covers, train tracks, puddles and any other obstacles that may cause you to break traction. Take it easy on and off the throttle and brakes, but balance your grip. When you are riding in the rain, aim to complete your turns before you accelerate.
  • Be smart about braking: Brakes are not as responsive on wet roads so it is important to stop at a safe distance when it is raining. Take your speed into consideration because you want to be able to slow down at a dependable time when the roads are slick. Ride at a speed that your brakes can handle and always overestimate the time it will take you to stop. Never apply only the front brakes because it will cause your front wheel to slip. If your rear wheel slips, you can control it, but once your front wheel starts skidding, you can be put in a dangerous situation.
  • Railroad Crossings: Railway crossings are to be taken as straight as possible. Remember the railway tracks are metal, and wet metal is slippery. Straighten your bike.
  • 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.

If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to speak to a Dawsonville motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible.  An attorney can determine if any third party is liable for your damages including any injuries.

References:

[1] http://www.nhtsa.gov
[2] https://msf-usa.org/downloads/Protective_gear_REV.pdf

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