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Slick roads can lead to crashes: Be cautious in the fall months

On Behalf of | Oct 30, 2020 | Personal Injury |

Although the fall is a beautiful time of year, it can also be dangerous for people who are riding bicycles or motorcycles. Without the stability of four wheels, people using these vehicles may be more likely to slide or skid on slick roads. 

Why are slick roads more likely during this time of year? Falling leaves may litter the ground and become slick due to rain or moisture from an early morning frost. Puddles from rain showers or snow melts can also be problematic.

How can you stay safe when you’re riding a two-wheeled vehicle in the fall?

If you plan to ride your motorcycle or a bicycle in the fall, there are a few things to remember. The first is that the friction between your tires and the road is more essential than ever. Check your tires and make sure they have tread. If they have a tread that is deep enough, then the water will be pushed aside into those negative spaces, so you have a better connection to the road. 

Another thing to remember is that you should go slow and steady rather than stopping suddenly or attempting to speed up rapidly. If you have to make a sudden movement, you’re more likely to have trouble stopping, turning or speeding up compared to doing so more slowly over time. 

Finally, remember to check the weather. This time of year can be cold, so you want to wear enough layers to stay warm. Doing this helps you stay focused on the road instead of being chilly while you ride. 

These are a few ideas to help you as you ride this fall. Taking precautions can help, but if a driver hits you, then you can still pursue a claim for your injuries and losses. An attorney can help make sure that you’re treated fairly.