(HOWICK, ON) - Two Listowel residents sustained injuries following a motorbike collision with a possum on Friday, August 3, 2018.
Just after 10:30 p.m. Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers and Huron County Paramedic Services personnel responded to the motorbike collision located on Belmore Line near Salem Road.
Investigators determined the motorbike was southbound on Belmore Line when a possum entered onto the roadway and was struck. The driver and passenger were both ejected from the bike onto the roadway.
Both riders were transported to hospital by ambulance where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Here are some tips for motorcyclists to help stay safe on the road:
Watch for wildlife crossing signs. These signs are installed in locations where wildlife are known to frequently cross highways.
Obey speed limits. The faster you are going, the longer it will take to stop.
Make sure your headlights are clean. Use your high beams when it's safe to do so.
Make sure your tires and brakes are in good condition and are working properly.
Don't ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs or if you are tired or having problems with your vision.
Watch for groups of wild animals. If a deer runs out in front of you, chances are there are more nearby. Slow down and keep an eye out for more animals crossing the highway.
Stay the course. If you see a wild animal, brake firmly and calmly and stay in your lane. Swerving could make you lose control of your vehicle.
Use extra caution when riding your motorcycle at dawn and dusk in areas where wildlife may be present.
If you ride at night watch out for the reflections of animal eyes. Animal eyes will brightly reflect a motorcycle's headlight, making them easier to spot.
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