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Poor traction is the biggest risk for rainy-day motorcyclists. Here are five surfaces that are especially slippery on rainy days. To prevent hydroplaning or falling on these surfaces, slow down and ride straight up, instead of in a lean.

  1. Painted Lines. The painted lines that mark crosswalks can be unsafe for a motorcyclist, especially if she is making a turn and crossing the lines at an angle. Other hazards include HOV diamonds, turn lines, and crossover markings.
  2. Parking garages. Many parking garages are paved with a very slick concrete. When water gets tracked in, this concrete becomes very slippery.
  3. Railroad tracks. Railroad tracks offer a number of hazards. The metal is very slippery and the rubber around the tracks poses an additional hazard. When it’s rainy, the raised dots offer no traction at all.
  4. Metal surfaces. Metal surfaces tend to accumulate dirt and oil. When it rains, the grease and grime float on top of the water, so manhole covers, metal plates, bridge gratings, and railroad tracks become extra slick.
  5. Standing water. Spring is also pothole season. What looks like a shallow puddle may be hiding a deep pothole. Avoid puddles whenever possible.

Be careful of slippery surfaces, but remember your biggest risk is from other drivers on the road. Dress to be seen and allow yourself plenty of space to maneuver.

The Milwaukee traffic accident attorneys at Hupy and Abraham are dedicated to making sure injured motorcyclists get the fair insurance compensation they deserve. To learn more about your rights, request a free copy of The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims. To schedule a free consultation with a motorcycle injury lawyer in Milwaukee, contact us at 800-800-5678.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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