Beware: Wet Weather Can Complicate Your Motorcycle Accident Claim

16 September 2020
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When you drive your motorcycle in the wet weather, you will increase the odds that you will lose control over your motorcycle and have an accident. Other drivers may also lose control and they may also not see you due to all the rain. For these reasons and more, wet weather can complicate your motorcycle accident case.

Staying Warm

When it is cold and rainy outside, your body might begin to suffer from hypothermia if you are not wearing the right clothing. If this is the case, you may start to lose control over your motor functions. Consider storing a rain suit in your motorcycle that you can put on for when it rains unexpectedly.

Keeping Control of Your Motorcycle

During wet weather, a motorcycle does not have as much traction. Therefore, if another driver stops suddenly or tries to move into your lane, you may need to react quickly and this can lead to a disaster. Using the brakes too much in the rain can lead to them locking up and can cause you to lose control. 

Even if you drive as safely as possible, this doesn't mean that the other drivers will. You may have a driver tailgating you because they are frustrated with how slow you're driving while trying to be safe in the rain. If you are then forced to stop, they might rear-end you and send you flying off your motorcycle. Motorcyclists are in the most danger when they drive through intersections in the rain.

Liability During Bad Weather

One of the challenges of bad weather is that insurance providers may claim that the accident was due to an act of nature. As a result, they may claim that their client is not at fault and that they do not have to settle with you. However, drivers are expected to drive safely during wet weather conditions. If your motorcycle accident attorney is able to prove that the other driver was negligent, you may be able to use this to seek compensation for your injuries.

Even if you can prove that the other driver was negligent, their insurance provider will likely try to offer the lowest settlement possible. For this reason, your motorcycle accident attorney will help you determine how much your settlement should be worth so that you can write a demand letter and receive the compensation you deserve. If the other party chooses to take the case to court, your attorney will represent you there.