Riding a motorcycle is inherently dangerous, and when conditions are wet, the risk of getting into a collision only increases. If you ride frequently, though, you will likely get caught in the rain at some point.
Riding on slick pavement is not necessarily ideal, but it can be a lot of fun for the seasoned rider—if you know how to do so safely. As with any developed skill, though, riding in the rain takes practice, so it is wise to try it out in a private neighborhood or empty parking lot before hitting the open road.
Sadly, even riders who have extensive experience maneuvering a bike in wet conditions can find themselves in a catastrophic collision. If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident with a drunk, distracted, or reckless driver, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Turn to Heilman Law Group to discuss the circumstances of the crash and determine the most strategic way to proceed. After evaluating your case, a compassionate Jackson car accident lawyer can help you calculate a fair settlement amount. Call 601-914-1025 to schedule a consultation.
Read on to learn just a few motorcycle safety tips for riding in the rain:
- Wear the Right Gear
If you cannot stop thinking about how cold and wet the weather conditions are, you will not be able to focus on the road. Thus, it is essential to wear gear that will keep you warm and dry. This includes water-resistant pants and a durable rain jacket, as well as an anti-fog visor, waterproof gloves, and various reflective items so other motorists can see you better.
- Drive Defensively
You should always drive defensively when on a motorcycle because not all drivers keep an eye out for motorcycles. RideApart reminds readers that it is especially important to practice defensive maneuvers when riding in the rain. That means remaining alert at all times and preparing to take evasive action at every turn if needed.
- Maintain Your Tires
Riding on bald tires is never a good idea, and doing so is especially dangerous in the rain. Check your tires frequently for any signs of damage or excessive wear and tear, and replace them as needed so you are always prepared should you get caught in foul weather.
- Avoid Slippery Road Markers
Try to stay on actual pavement whenever the road is wet. Painted lines and manhole covers are especially slick in the rain, and you should avoid them at all costs.
- Do Not Trust Puddles
There is no way to tell just how deep a puddle might be until you actually drive through it. For this reason, you should always avoid puddles when driving in the rain.
Unfortunately, even if you follow all the safety tips above, it takes just one reckless driver to cause a devastating accident. If you were hurt in a motorcycle crash that was not your fault, turn to Heilman Law Group.
A Jackson car accident attorney will gather evidence, interview witnesses, track damages, and negotiate with the insurance adjuster on your behalf. Call 601-914-1025 to schedule a case evaluation. If you want to learn more about collision claims in Mississippi, visit USAttorneys.com.