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Why is spring a dangerous season for Rhode Island motorcyclists?

On Behalf of | Mar 15, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

As the weather gets warmer, more motorcyclists will start to venture out on the roads to enjoy fresh air.

Reviewing a few seasonal concerns that may contribute to motorcycle crashes can be beneficial for those who travel via motorcycles.

Unaware motorists

After months with few to no motorcyclists on the road, drivers may not be as vigilant in checking for motorcycles. This lack of awareness can lead to dangerous situations, such as failing to see a motorcyclist when changing lanes or making turns. Motorcycles’ smaller profile compared to cars and trucks makes them less visible. This may increase the risk of accidents caused by drivers who simply didn’t see them.

Grass clippings on the road

With spring comes the renewal of landscaping activities, including mowing lawns. A hazard often overlooked is the presence of grass clippings on the roads. When grass clippings are blown or dumped onto the roadway, they create a slippery surface that can be particularly treacherous for motorcyclists. The thin layer of grass reduces traction much like ice, making it difficult for motorcyclists to maintain control, especially in curves or when braking. This can lead to loss of control and potentially severe accidents, posing an additional risk in springtime.

Spring showers

Spring weather is notorious for its unpredictability, with sudden showers that can change road conditions within minutes. Wet roads decrease tire traction, making it harder for motorcyclists to brake and maneuver safely. Additionally, rain can reduce visibility for motorcyclists and other road users, increasing the likelihood of accidents.

Puddles and standing water can also hide potholes and other road imperfections, presenting unexpected hazards that motorcyclists may be unable to avoid in time. Reduced visibility, decreased traction, and hidden obstacles make spring showers a significant danger for motorcyclists.

Even when they’re driving safely, motorcyclists are at the mercy of other drivers. If one of these two-wheeled vehicles is struck by another vehicle, catastrophic injuries may occur. Seeking medical attention can be a costly undertaking, but it’s often necessary. An injured motorcyclist who has suffered harm due to another’s negligence may opt to pursue a claim for compensation to help offset those expenses.