Responding to a call about a motorcycle accident, New York State Police
arrive at the accident scene. A slight drizzle of rain moistens the yellow
parkas worn by the investigators. They follow a trail of debris and skid
marks that cover the wet pavement. Around a slight curve, the troopers
see a damaged guardrail with a motorcycle lying beside it. Moving closer
to the motorcycle, the troopers find an unconscious biker lying on a hill
just over the other side of the guardrail.
The troopers conclude that the motorcyclist entered the curve, lost control
of the motorcycle on the wet pavement, and slid into the guardrail.
Experienced Poughkeepsie motorcycle accident attorneys know that wet and slick pavement leads to numerous motorcycle accidents
all around the Hudson Valley regions of New York. Statistics show that
poor road conditions are a common cause of motorcycle accidents. The statistics;
however, only inform on accidents that are reported to authorities. Many
more accidents occur that go unreported. Therefore, the statistics may
only be the tip of the iceberg.
Part of the reason that
motorcycle accidents happen in the rain is because some riders do not know how to properly
operate their bikes on wet roadways. Moreover, water causes oily substances
to rise to the road surface, making the road slicker.
Bikers should only ride when properly trained and experienced. Training
classes can teach bikers how to ride in the rain and on wet surfaces.
There are basic courses and advanced courses available. Many are held
on off road tracks so that bikers can practice in controlled yet realistic
Additionally, rain makes it harder for roadway users to see other people
on the road. In general, motorcycles are always harder to see; add rain
to the mix and visibility problems can become deadly. Moreover, many vehicle
drivers do not keep their vehicles properly maintained and inspected.
A car’s windshield wipers may not be effective. Obviously, if wipers
do not properly clear water from a windshield, the motorist will not be
able to see the road and other motorists.
Motorcyclists are best advised to get as much training as possible; one
can never have too much training and experience. Slow down when the road
is wet, especially when maneuvering around curves and turns. Make sure
you have adequate tires installed on the motorcycle. Keep a greater distance
from other vehicles as well. And of course, you should consider not driving
at all when the roadway is wet. If you have already begun your trip on
the road and it begins to rain, consider pulling over to wait out the
storm. Lastly, always avoid going through standing water.
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