Summer is upon us, and that means many will be hopping on their motorcycles to enjoy the beautiful weather. Unfortunately, as more riders take to the highways, the risk of a motorcycle accident increases. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration reports that over the last six years, motorcycle accidents and fatalities have drastically increased during the summer months. Interestingly, July is reported as being the most dangerous month, with an 80 percent increase in accidents.
There are many factors that can contribute to a motorcycle accident. In the summer months, many accidents are attributed to:
- More road congestion because of holidays, vacations and road trips;
- Active construction zones;
- More teenage drivers on the road.
Due to this upswing in motorcycle accidents during the summer months, it’s important to review the following safety tips:
Always be Predictable: It’s important to be aware that, because motorcycles are smaller than cars, they are difficult to see. Motorcycles can make maneuvers that cars simply can’t, like weaving between cars in traffic. This can be a recipe for disaster. Always drive in a purposeful way where other drivers can anticipate what you’re doing.
Watch Your Speed: The Insurance Information Institute reports that speeding is the biggest contributing factor in motorcycle accidents.
Remain Visible: One of the dangers associated with motorcycle riding is that motorcyclists aren’t always visible to other drivers. Be sure that your operating lights are in good working order. Keep a safe distance between you and other cars. Also, wearing brightly colored protective clothing is always a good idea.
Wear Proper Safety Gear: Wearing proper safety gear should be a given. A good, federally approved helmet can prevent a traumatic brain injury and save your life. Make sure you are wearing high quality protective clothing such as boots, a jacket, pants, and gloves. In the event of an accident, this clothing can make a big difference.
Stay Sober: Let’s face it. There are plenty of risks associated with riding a motorcycle. Why add to them by driving intoxicated? Just don’t do it. When riding a motorcycle, it’s important to be sober, aware of your surroundings, and focused.
Summertime is a great time to travel, see the sights and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. If, even with all of your safety precautions, an accident occurs, please call us for assistance. We’re here to provide you with prompt and professional legal help when you need it most.