The month of March ushers in dreams of spring for most of us living in the Chicagoland area. This year, after an especially harsh winter full of record-setting windchills and ice, it is safe to say that most of us are anxiously awaiting consistent sun and warmer temperatures. While it may be a few more weeks until spring officially arrives, we can all begin to take advantage of warmer weather and look forward to picking up our summertime hobbies.
One thing that changes significantly on the Illinois roadways during the spring months is the number of motorcycles. Winter weather keeps most motorcycles warm in the garage, but rising temperatures and better conditions bring them out to the roads. Are you ready to be a safe driver and keep motorcycles safe? Here are a few reminders as motorcycle season approaches.
Beware Dangerous Times
While you should always be careful and conscious while driving, Start Seeing Motorcycles notes that motorcycle accidents happen more often from Friday evenings at 6pm through noon on Sundays. Be especially vigilant for motorcycles as you drive during these dangerous weekend hours.
Know Your Blind Spots
Every vehicle has a blind spot and these gaps in vision could prove to be deadly. Before merging lanes or turning, be sure you check your blind spots for other vehicles, including motorcycles.
Keep Your Distance
Following any vehicle too closely can reduce your reaction time and potentially lead to an accident. Keep a safe distance away from vehicles in front of you, and move into another lane if the vehicles behind you are too close for safety.
Wear a Helmet
If you are a motorcyclist, don’t forget to wear your helmet. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety notes that the number of deaths due to a collision in motorcycles are 28 times the amount of fatalities in cars. Helmets can significantly reduce the chance of death or brain injury, but helmets must be worn in order to work. If you are driving or riding on a motorcycle, a helmet should be a non-negotiable piece of safety equipment.
Even the safest drivers can find themselves involved in an accident. If you have been in a vehicle collision, be sure to involve the team at Grewer Law. We can help you get the compensation you deserve and navigate the sometimes frustrating waters of insurance reimbursement. Call us today to talk more about your situation.