As autumn arrives, bringing its road hazards, motorcyclists must be more vigilant than ever. While the season offers stunning foliage and milder temperatures, it also presents unique risks that can make riding a motorcycle more dangerous.
Consider these points when hitting the road during the fall months.
1. Leaves in the roadway
One of the most iconic fall images is trees shedding leaves, creating a colorful tapestry on the ground. While beautiful, leaves can pose a significant danger for motorcyclists. Wet or decomposing leaves can become slick, reducing traction and increasing the likelihood of skidding. Even dry leaves can hide road defects like potholes.
Fall is a peak time for wildlife activity, as many animals are on the move due to migration or preparing for winter. Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to unexpected encounters with deer, raccoons and other animals crossing the road. Striking an animal at high speed can result in severe injury or even fatality.
3. Inattentive drivers
Despite the ongoing campaigns to educate the public about sharing the road, many drivers are still not as attentive to motorcyclists as they should be. The problem becomes even more acute in the fall.
As daylight hours decrease and weather conditions change, drivers are often more focused on dealing with these changes than on watching for motorcyclists. With schools back in session, morning and afternoon traffic can also become more congested, making it easier for a motorcycle to get lost in a sea of cars.
Motorcyclists who are struck by another vehicle may be thrown off their motorcycle. This can necessitate the need for urgent medical care. Seeking compensation from the negligent party that caused the crash can help them recover the financial damages associated with it.