You may have noticed the color on the trees shifting on one of your rides, or the leaves scattering the ground and the weather getting a bit colder – but this hasn’t stopped you from taking your motorcycle out for a few spins.
Maybe it should. Fall weather is full of dangers, especially for motorcyclists. Here’s what you should watch for:
Wet leaves and grass clippings
It’s raining a lot more and many roads are covered in leaves or other debris – which is the perfect combination for an auto accident. You may find it a little harder to brake on wet leaves. Slippery leaves could cause your bike to skid, causing you to fall off your bike and suffer injuries. Wet grass clipping, also, can be a serious concern.
It gets darker a lot faster in the fall and that means many drivers are returning from work when the sun is down. Many drivers don’t realize how poor their visibility is when it’s dark, and it may be especially hard to see motorcyclists. It can be even worse in cities, where all the traffic and automotive lights can bewilder a driver. If a driver hits you in the dark, you could face horrific injuries.
As it gets colder, many potholes start forming, which can be deadly for a motorcyclist. It doesn’t help that spotting a pothole is a lot harder when it rains. A water-filled pothole could spell doom for an unlucky motorcyclist.
If you recently suffered injuries during a motorcycle accident that was caused by another party’s negligence, you may need to reach out for legal help to recover from your medical bills and other losses.