Q: How can I reduce my risk of another Vancouver motorcycle accident?
The Vancouver motorcycle accident attorneys at McComb Witten understand that you need to ride. You need a way to get around the city, and you want to enjoy your bike and the freedom of the road. Following are four rules of thumb to follow when wet weather occurs:
1. Be especially careful during the first hour of rain after a dry spell.
Vehicles deposit fuel, oil, fluids, and other junk on the roads. When mixed with fresh rainwater, this creates a cocktail that slicks up surfaces. Avoid driving for the first hour after a fresh rain. If you must be on the roads, drive slowly and carefully to avoid a Vancouver motorcycle crash.
2. During wet weather, test surfaces as if you were riding over them for the first time.
A wet manhole cover or concrete parking lot will slick up differently, depending on the temperature, the amount of rain, and the presence or absence of ice and oil. It is hard to know in advance what any given surface will feel like. Go slowly and relearn how to drive over these surfaces
3. Exercise best biking practices.
Driving safer means incrementally decreasing your risks.
Stack the odds in your favor by being as safe as possible all the time but particularly during wet spring weather. This means driving slowly, wearing your helmet, using the right gear, avoiding alcohol while riding, and staying focused on the road.
4. Use the car in front of you to plow the road in slushy, sludgy conditions.
Cars effectively act like miniature snow and slush plows. Take advantage of this and follow in the car’s proverbial footsteps. However, be sure not to follow too closely; give yourself more than adequate braking distance.
If you have been in a motorcycle crash, a Vancouver motorcycle accident lawyer at McComb Witten can help. Contact us today at 604-255-9018 to schedule your free case evaluation. You may also wish to download our free report, The Inside Secrets ICBC Doesn't Want You to Know! for more information.