summer motorcycle riding tipsSummer is the perfect time to have fun and relax. But when you’re on the road, especially on two wheels, it can also be a dangerous time as well. Studies by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) report that 59 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents occur between the months of May and September. Learn what factors contribute to the increased accident risk during the summer and what steps to take to reduce the chance of an accident.

And, if a crash does happen, seeking legal assistance from our skilled and experienced Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyer at Hupy and Abraham can help you understand what steps to take to protect yourself and your legal rights.

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Summer Motorcycle Riding Dangers

Unlike other times of the year, there are unique dangers that come with the summer season, such as:

  • Increased traffic. Many people take road trips and vacations in the summer. This means there are more cars and travelers on the road increasing the risk of accidents, especially for motorcycle riders who are less visible to other drivers.
  • Heat exhaustion. Riding in hot weather can lead to dehydration, heat exhaustion, and even heat stroke. It’s vital to stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade when necessary to avoid heat-related injuries. 
  • Drunk drivers. Summer holidays such as Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, and Labor Day are all associated with an increased risk of accidents involving drunk drivers. Always use caution when riding, but take extra care on or around these holidays, and always assume that other drivers may be impaired.
  • Rainy weather. While summer is known for its sunny days, it can also bring sudden rainstorms. Wet roads pose a danger for motorcycle riders, as they reduce traction and increase the risk of hydroplaning, which might result in an accident.

5 Safety Tips for Safe Summer Motorcycle Riding

Avoiding collisions, especially during the hot Midwestern summers, requires being prepared and aware of what steps to take to ensure your safety and enjoyment. Many members of the team at Hupy and Abraham are riders, too, so here are some tips we recommend: 

  1. Inspect your bike. Check that your motorcycle is in optimal condition for summer riding. Inspect your tires, brakes, lights, and fluids to ensure everything is in good working order. 
  2. Wear the right gear. While the heat of summer may make you want to wear less gear, it’s important to wear the right clothing and equipment to protect you in case of an accident. Choose gear that provides both safety and ventilation, such as mesh or perforated textile jackets, pants, and gloves that allow air to circulate while still offering protection.
  3. Stay alert for dangers. Be mindful when riding and always be aware of your surroundings. Watch for potential hazards such as potholes, gravel, or debris on the road, and be prepared to react quickly if necessary to avoid an accident.
  4. Pay attention to the weather. Before heading out, check the forecast. If severe weather is predicted, consider postponing your trip until conditions improve. If you get caught in the rain, slow down, increase your following distance, and be extra cautious on slick roads.
  5. Take breaks when needed. Take frequent breaks to rest, hydrate, and cool off. If you feel fatigued, find a safe place to pull over and take a longer break.

What to Do if You’re Injured in a Summer Motorcycle Accident

It can be confusing to know what to do after a motorcycle wreck. First, always remember to prioritize your safety by moving to a location away from traffic where another accident or injury could occur. Assess yourself and others for injuries and report the incident to law enforcement. Seek medical attention for any injuries, regardless of their severity since not all injuries are immediately obvious. 

In addition, contacting a motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible can help you understand what steps to take to protect your rights and possible compensation. Because of our experience on and off the road, the skilled team at Hupy and Abraham understands how to handle your case and will provide guidance through the legal process.

Contact Our Milwaukee Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one was injured in a bike crash, reach out to the motorcycle accident lawyers at Hupy and Abraham. We offer a complimentary, no-obligation consultation to review your motorcycle accident case.

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