In the coming months, the temperatures will steadily rise and motorcyclists will be able to spend more time in the saddle. While the snow and ice will have subsided, riders will still have to take care when the rain showers of spring and summer descend from the Pennsylvania skies.
Riding in the rain can present many challenges for motorcyclists, the most obvious of which are slick, wet road conditions. Also, rain can significantly impede a rider’s visibility. Both of these elements can prove extremely dangerous for riders, but there are some things riders can do to decrease the chances of being in an accident.
One of the most important things you can do while riding in the rain is to slow down. Driving at a reduced speed will give you more time to react to road conditions and avoid puddles and potholes. A pothole filled with rain can be especially treacherous as it is hard to judge its depth. Typically, you will want to ride at a speed that allows you to stop within a visible distance.
Sometimes a little rain turns into a heavy downpour, and in such cases, it is a good idea to simply pull over until the storm subsides. If you are on a long road trip, you may even want to find a hotel where you can rest, wait and change into some dry clothes.
Whenever you are on the road while it is raining, you will have to take your time and be extra cautious. However, there is always the very real threat of being involved in an accident. Unfortunately, riders can suffer very serious or even catastrophic injuries in falls or collisions.
When a motorcyclist is injured, hopefully, he or she will receive appropriate compensation. However, sometimes insurance companies do not want to provide injured riders an amount of money that covers medical and other expenses. Therefore, if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may wish to have a personal injury attorney represent your interests. An attorney may be able to help you maximize your settlement to help pay for your recovery.