While it may not seem like right now, the weather is starting to warm up. Soon it will be summer: filled with long, hot days and brilliant sunshine. Summer also means more motorcyclists on the road, looking to take advantage of the great weather. Motorcycle accidents are one of the leading causes of death on the motorways in America. If you plan on making the most of the new Jersey summertime, here’s what you need to know to stay safe on the roads.
Always Be Aware of Weather Conditions
Even though summers offer lots of sunshine, this is New Jersey, so also expect rain. Inclement weather such as rain can make road surfaces slippery, so be sure to always ride with caution in these conditions. The best course of action when riding either during or after a light rain is to slow down. Slowing down allows you more time to react to situations on the road, and also keep your bike from hydroplaning and sliding. Part of the process of slowing down also includes leaving much more significant gaps between you and other road users, which also gives you more time to react.
Always Be Visible
A critical part of motorcycle safety this summer is ensuring that other road users can see you. When people think of visibility, they often imagine wearing bright, neon-yellow colors. But while wearing clothing that allows others to make you out is essential, it is not the only aspect of visibility you need to consider. Visibility also includes operating your motorcycle in a way that you aren’t hidden to other drivers or riders. Staying back from other vehicles is critical, as it keeps you out of the blind spot. This tip is especially important if there are tractor trailers or other large vehicles on the road.
Wear Protective Equipment
Motorcycle crashes are often catastrophic because of the nature of riding a bike. After all, there are no crumple zones or airbags to brace you – it’s just you and the road. Wearing the correct safety equipment can go a long way to keeping you from being another statistic. When you ride this summer, always wear a helmet to help mitigate the risks of traumatic brain injuries. Also, wear a leather jacket and heavy jeans, to help protect your body from road rash should you fall and slide.
Injured in a Crash? Contact DeZao Law Today
The summertime is the perfect time to own a bike in New Jersey, and by following these tips, you can have a great time riding the roads in safety. However, if you are injured in a motorcycle crash this summer, seek expert legal guidance right away. Speak with an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney today at the Law Offices of James C. DeZao, P.A. Our firm is here to assist you with your case. Call us at (973) 358-6134 for a free consultation.