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A rainy day can spell trouble for motorcycle riders

Experienced riders will likely be more cautious than novices when facing less than desirable road conditions, but as a motorist, you will have to be alert to the possibility of a motorcycle-car crash.

Be alert at intersections

Any area of the road where cars come to a stop will have a buildup of oil that is already there before the rain starts. The pavement will already be slick, and the rain only makes the higher concentration of oil more dangerous. A motorcycle rider may not be able to see the problem and may approach the intersection too quickly. Hitting a slick spot at speed could be disastrous.

Dry lines and lane-splitting

A motorcyclist who is more experienced with controlling his or her bike will usually try to find a dry line of travel on the highway, but a novice may ignore the section of lane that is drier than the part adjacent to it. Furthermore, even in poor weather conditions, the impatient biker may opt for lane-splitting—riding between lanes of slow-moving cars—which can endanger both the rider and nearby motorists.

The problem of reduced traction

Slick manhole covers and areas of sealer pavement pose great traction problems for motorcycle riders, because in wet conditions, these areas are nearly as dangerous as dry ice. A rider might see this sort of road hazard too late to avoid skidding. A less experienced rider might also try to get out of trouble by braking too quickly. A motorist who happens to be in the immediate vicinity could easily become the victim of a weather-induced crash.

Determining fault

In the event of a motorcycle-car crash, there could be various factors to consider in determining blame. The motorcyclist is obviously the more vulnerable party in terms of potential injuries, and because of no-fault insurance laws, would be eligible for compensation regardless of who was at fault. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to sort out the details and discover what part stormy weather played in the motorcycle-car crash.

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