One of the challenges of safe motorcycle riding on Wisconsin roads comes from the diversity of surfaces—and hazards. With only two wheels, motorcycles are more likely than cars and trucks to lose traction when encountering dangerous surfaces. Of course, it’s traction that holds bikes onto the road and permits steering and braking. Thus, road surface issues and debris can become a key factor in a serious motorcycle accident in Wisconsin.
Many riders learn techniques to adjust to roadway hazards, and after years of experience they can compensate for road obstacles almost without thinking about it. Other riders, however, either have not had the proper training or long hours on the road. In the summer, when biking is the most popular, these novice motorcyclists face the greatest danger of injury following a Wisconsin traffic accident.
Safety tips for handling dangerous surfaces
As Wisconsin motorcycle wreck lawyers—and riders ourselves—we feel it’s our duty to pass along any good advice we happen to hear. That’s one reason why Hupy and Abraham have published the book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, and give it away for FREE to anyone injured in a motorcycle accident near Wisconsin. And it’s in the same spirit we offer this advice—adapted from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and other sources—on dealing with hazardous road conditions while riding your motorcycle.
- Objects in the road. Keeping a lookout at the far distance will allow you to spot the hazard early. Avoid the obstacle, if possible. Slow down easily as early as possible to lengthen your follow distance relatives to other vehicles. Expect other vehicles to brake and maneuver to avoid the object, too, so anticipate traffic reactions.
- Scored or grooved pavement. Go at a slow and steady pace. Don’t try to steer against the handlebars. Keep your head and eyes up and focused on the rest of the environment, not just the highway under your wheels.
- Bumps or irregular surfaces. Again, slow down. To avoid slipping, keep the bike on a straight path, rather than angled toward the obstacle. Don’t brake suddenly, which could trigger a skid. If necessary, put your weight on the footrests and rise a little off the seat to help cushion vibrations.
- Small gravel or sand on pavement. Avoid making sudden maneuvers. Brake gently. A slow speed will improve maneuverability.
- Extended sandy or gravel surfaces. Downshift and maintain a steady speed.
- Uneven pavement. If you can’t avoid them, then choose the smoothest path across rippled or uneven road surfaces. Travel with extra caution at a slow speed. A sudden bump from an uneven surface is an easy way to be thrown from your motorcycle.
- Rainy or slippery surfaces. These are among the most dangerous situations; wet roads can reduce your traction to a minimum. If at all possible, do not use your bike in rainy or snowy conditions. If you must go out, then slow down and avoid sudden maneuvers. Use both brakes. If you can do so safely, ride in the tracks made by a car or truck ahead of you.
A Wisconsin traffic accident triggered by hazardous roads may be due to negligence of county road crews, debris left by inattentive road repair workers, or merchandise that fell off a commercial vehicle. If debris or bad roads led to your motorcycle injury, you owe it to yourself to ask a Wisconsin bike crash lawyer to investigate. Call the team at Hupy and Abraham today at (414) 223-4800 (local) or (800) 800-5678 (toll-free) to arrange a FREE, confidential review of your case. We want to help you get a fair recovery for your losses.