Fall Motorcycle Safety Tips
Now that it’s fall, motorcyclists are riding as often as possible to take advantage of the brisk weather, and seasonable beauty. While motorcycle riding in the fall is enjoyable, it can also be dangerous when certain safety precautions are disregarded. Below is a list of motorcycle safety tips that can help keep motorcyclists and others safe throughout the autumn months.
If you sustain an injury as a result of a motorcycle accident this fall, reach out to the experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at Graham Scofield Injury Lawyers. Contact us at (404) 939-9470 to learn about your legal options in a free, no-obligation consultation.
Follow This Advice for a Safe Fall Motorcycle Ride
While riding your motorcycle on Georgia roadways during the fall months, follow these tips:
Invest in Appropriate Tires
Sporty tires might be okay for use during the summer months, however, their soft rubber can be dangerous in colder weather. The fall season is the ideal time to swap sporty tires for touring tires that offer greater traction.
Dress in Layers
Layering can help you adjust your comfort while you are riding. Begin with base layers and mid layers, and pack an extra fleece or jacket for added warmth.
Remember Rain Gear
Rain is a frequent occurrence in the fall. Riding in the rain without rain gear can impair your riding ability and increase your risk of hypothermia. Therefore, it’s essential to wear rain gear at all times.
Be on the Lookout for Leaves
Although falling autumn leaves are beautiful to look at, they can be hazardous. Piles of leaves can conceal potholes and other road inconsistencies, making it imperative for you to be extra cautious when riding around in the fall. In addition, wet leaves can lead to slick roadways and reduce your bike traction. If you notice wet leaves, reduce your speed immediately.
Inspect Your Lights
The days begin to significantly shorten during the fall. As a result, you must routinely inspect your lights. You never want to ride in the dark with faulty headlights, brake lights, or turn signal lights.
Be Cautious on Frosty Roads
Even though fall days in Atlanta are typically warm, there is usually frost on the roads during fall mornings. Thin and thick layers of frost can lead to traction loss. Be sure to stay in the middle of the road, where there is usually more traction.
Check the Weather Forecast
If you ride frequently in the fall season, get into the habit of checking the weather forecast every morning. This can help you dress appropriately and/or inform you of when you should skip a ride.
What to Do After a Fall Motorcycle Accident
In addition to complying with the above motorcycle safety tips, it’s important to take other precautions following a crash. Immediately after a motorcycle accident, you should take the following steps to protect your health and legal rights.
- Call the police. The police will come to the scene and file a police report, which can serve as a valuable piece of evidence in support of your personal injury claim.
- Gather information. Ask all drivers involved in the crash for their contact information and insurance details. Gathering the names and phone numbers of witnesses is also vital.
- Write down details. Since it can be easy to forget what happened hours, days, weeks, and months after the accident, take the time to write down where, when, and how the crash occurred. In addition, note the weather, speed limit, lighting, and other details of the crash.
- Avoid admitting fault. Motorcycle accidents are complicated. Therefore, it may be unclear who caused the crash. Do not apologize or admit fault even if you believe you might be liable.
- Contact a motorcycle accident lawyer. Reach out to a motorcycle accident lawyer who can help pinpoint liability and guide you through the process of filing a claim.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for Help Today
If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle crash that was the result of another party’s negligence, contact a motorcycle accident lawyer at Graham Scofield Injury Lawyers today. We can investigate your case, determine liability, and provide you with some motorcycle safety tips for your future rides. Once liability is established, we may be able to help you recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Call us at (404) 939-9470, or reach out via our online form to schedule a free, initial evaluation of your case.