If you’re like most riders, you probably can’t wait to get out on the open road and enjoy the freedom that comes with motorcycle riding. But before you hit the highway, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
Did you know that 97% of motorcycle accidents occur when the weather is clear or only cloudy? What’s more, 59% occur during daylight hours. So it’s safe to conclude that the summer months provide peak conditions for motorcycle accidents.
Other Reasons Why Accidents Are More Prevalent during the Summer
The warmer weather also means that more people are out and about. This increased traffic can put a strain on even the most experienced riders. Another hazard to be aware of is road construction. With the summer months comes an increase in road work. This can lead to uneven surfaces, debris, and other hazards that can cause an accident.
And let’s not forget about the increased risk of drunk driving. With more outdoor events and parties taking place, there is a greater chance that you will encounter a drunk driver. With so many potentialities that could lead to accidents, you might be afraid to take your motorcycle on the road. While it’s understandable to take these issues seriously, you can still have fun this summer. But you need an action plan in place to help keep you safe.
Tips to Keep You Safe This Summer
While you can certainly add your own, the following tips should be included in every motorcyclist’s action plan. They will improve your chances of having an enjoyable—and safe—time on the road.
- Plan your route in advance and avoid known construction areas.
- Be extra cautious at night and in bad weather.
- Wear the proper safety gear, including a DOT-approved helmet.
- Never ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Follow the posted speed limit and never ride recklessly.
- Ride defensively and always be aware of your surroundings.
What to Do if You Get into an Accident
Despite taking all the necessary precautions, accidents can still happen. If you do find yourself in a collision, here are a few things you should do:
- Call the police and have them file a report.
- Get the contact information of any witnesses.
- Take pictures of the accident scene, if possible.
- See a doctor as soon as possible, even if you don’t think you’re injured.
- Contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer.
By following these tips, you can help ensure that summer riding is safe and enjoyable for you and other drivers around you.
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If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you can count on the experienced motorcycle accident lawyers at Heintz Law to help you determine the best legal strategy for your personal injury case.
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