B.C. Motorcycle Crash Lawyer Offers Three Windy Riding Tips
Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
Did an untimely gust of wind cause your Vancouver motorcycle accident? If so, an injury lawyer at McComb Witten would be happy to discuss your case at length. Make no mistake: Even mild wind can be dangerous and can increase your risk of getting hurt on the road.
Wind has a variety of dangerous effects:
- Wind can kick up stones, dust, bugs, and debris. Wind-blown material can hit you in the face and even temporarily blind you. The detritus can also get caught in your bike's system, causing the vehicle to malfunction or function at less than peak performance. A full face helmet can protect you from this hail of junk, at least to an extent.
- Gusting wind can cause your bike to wobble. Motorcycles are subject to more diverse forces. That’s part of the fun of riding. But strong winds can cause your bike to wobble, like a bronco gone wild. Some wobble is normal, but correcting for it is a delicate balancing act. You need to react, but you don’t want to overreact. This problem is particularly tricky when you drive through pockets of gusty wind and then re-enter pockets of non-windy air.
- Winds from the side and the back can make steering tough. It’s relatively easy to correct against a frontal wind gust. But winds coming from the sides and back can be scary. Expect strong winds when you drive over a bridge, pass a large truck or automobile, or enter into a canyon road from a more open stretch.
How to Deal with Wind
Safety experts recommend that riders deal with rough winds by slowing down, crouching to reduce the profile, and staying calm and mindful. If it gets too gusty, or if the winds come with hail, rain, or other surprises, then pull over and wait for the worst to “blow over.” There are worse things than being a few hours late to your destination, such as having to spend days or weeks in a Vancouver hospital bed.
For help with your Vancouver motorcycle crash case, get in touch with the attorneys at McComb Witten. Call us today at 604-255-9018 for free consultation, or download our free report, Your Family Doctor Could Make Or Break Your ICBC Claim.
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