The weather outside is unseasonably warm. In fact, I can’t remember a more mild winter here in Michigan. This warm weather has continued in to March. The high temperature today was over 70 degrees and it looks like the weather this weekend will feel more like mid-May instead of mid-March.
This warm weather means the unofficial start to motorcycle season. Unlike many other locations, Michigan’s cold weather doesn’t allow motorcyclists to enjoy the open roads and clean air all year long. Instead, motorcyclists must wait for the warm sun to melt the snow and allow for a safe and enjoyable riding experience. However, unfortunately with the warm weather comes the possibility for motorcycle accidents on Michigan roadways.
Before hitting the roads, Michigan motorcycle accident attorneys suggest all Michigan motorcyclists think about the following this season to ensure a pleasurable and safe riding experience:
1. Wear A Helmet – As the law still requires, make sure you wear your helmet while riding a bike. Despite the passage of a bill to repeal the motorcycle helmet law last fall in the state legislature, the Michigan helmet law is still on the books. Riding without a helmet is illegal and greatly increases the chance for catastrophic injury if a motorcycle accident were to occur. Numerous studies have demonstrated the use of helmets both decreases the chance of fatalities and serious personal injury in a motorcycle accident.
2. Ride With a Partner – I know many riders enjoy riding the open roads solo, but this can be a recipe for disaster. If a motorcycle accident were to take place, having a trusted fellow rider with you can mean the difference between life and death.
3. Ride during the day or make sure the lights on your bike are fully operational – I cannot stress this enough. I cannot tell you the number of motorcycle accidents our law firm handles each year involving night time accidents. Most of these accidents involve a motor vehicle-motorcycle accident collision where the person operating the car or truck simply did not see the motorcyclist until it was too late. If you choose to ride at night, make sure your bike is illuminated and can be seen in all directions.
4. Don’t Speed – I know there is the “need for speed.” Especially while on the open road. But operating your bike at high speeds is extremely dangerous and another major reason for catastrophic motorcycle accident injuries. In fact, it may be most prevalent cause for motorcycle accidents our firm handles.
These are just suggestions and there are many other precautions one should take before hitting the open road on their motorcycle. Michigan motorcycle accident attorneys wishes all riders a wonderful riding season, but urge everyone to ride safe and to ride smart.