If you enjoy riding a motorcycle, pay attention to the various accident risks that you are likely to encounter, especially if you ride a motorcycle during poor weather conditions (such as when it is very foggy). Although crashes are not always preventable, there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of a wreck. Sadly, with many careless and reckless drivers on the road, motorcycle collisions continue to claim lives and cause serious injuries.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 5,000 motorcyclists died in traffic accidents during 2017. Every day, many motorcyclists are seriously hurt and you need to look into your legal options if a careless driver struck you.
How does fog increase the odds of a motorcycle collision?
Fog increases the odds of a motorcycle wreck in different ways. For starters, it often results in poor visibility, making it much harder for motorcyclists and those driving larger vehicles to see what is on the road. Around sharp turns or on steep hills, fog is especially dangerous. For example, a careless driver may go too fast during foggy conditions and strike a motorcyclist after crossing over the center line or veering into another lane.
How can you protect yourself while riding a motorcycle?
For starters, it is often smart to stay off of the road if fog or other weather conditions (such as rain and ice) are present. However, some people are caught off-guard when they encounter fog in a particular area even though the roads seemed clear when they left. Wearing a proper helmet and paying close attention to other vehicles on the road can help. If you were hit by a negligent driver, you need to examine the details of the wreck and the potential benefits of filing suit.