3 Ways to Prevent Motorcycle Injuries and Accidents this Spring
Whether it’s winter or spring, there are many Colorado natives that won’t stop at anything to enjoy a ride around the town on a motorcycle. Springtime in Colorado may not see a lot of rain, but it does see a lot of wet roads due to melted snow. Staying safe on a motorcycle is the key priority for any rider, especially when weather is involved. As the weather begins to grow warmer, it’s important to refresh your memory of motorcycle safety. Here are some tips for staying safe while riding a motorcycle on Colorado’s wet roads:
- Maintain a slow speed: There’s no hiding it. You get on a motorcycle and you feel the need for speed. That may be okay in some cases, but not when it’s raining, snowing, or the roads are just plain wet. If proper precautions are not taken, any amount of water on the road can be extremely dangerous to not only the motorcyclist but surrounding drivers as well.
To maintain sufficient traction and reduce the risk of an accident, consider keeping speeds slightly lower. You should also avoid sharp turns, which can increase the risk of hydroplaning. With these precautions, you’ll reduce the distance that is generally needed to brake effectively, and your motorcycle is more likely to remain upright.
- Wear the proper gear: Whether it’s winter, spring, summer, or fall, all motorcyclists worry about staying visible to other drivers on the road. During a rain or snow storm, this can be especially difficult. If a rider does not have access to brightly colored clothes or powerful lights, it may be best to wait out the storm. The most common motorcycle accidents occur when motorists are unable to see motorcyclists, like when a car is making a left-hand turn.
In addition to maintaining visibility, it’s always important to wear a helmet—no matter the weather or road conditions. A shocking 80 percent of those killed in motorcycle accidents in Colorado from 2003 to 2007 were not wearing helmets. Don’t risk your life to look cool; invest in a well-fitting helmet to minimize the chance of brain injury or death that can result from motorcycle accidents.
- Stay up-to-date: The weather plays a drastic role in whether or not it’s safe to go out on the road. To prevent weather-related traffic accidents, motorcyclists should always consider external risks prior to setting out on the road. Be aware of current conditions outside and what conditions will be like during your trip. Inclement weather doesn’t just make the roads slicker—it can also cause other motorists to drive less safely.
Because the weather is unpredictable, especially during the transition from winter to spring, it’s always a good idea to stay up-to-date on the local Colorado weather forecast. Once you’re more informed, you can plan your trip accordingly.
As personal injury lawyers in Colorado, we want you to stay safe on our roads. Whether it be by bus or motorcycle, safe road travel is a top priority. If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, our team at Bachus & Schanker, LLC can help. Contact our team of Colorado personal injury lawyers today to get the help you deserve.
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