Summer is officially in full swing. Kids are out of school, families are planning vacations and motorcyclists are taking to the streets in greater numbers. One important thing to note is that summer is more dangerous for motorcyclists than any other time of year. Both collision and fatality rates increase during the warm weather months.
There is nothing unique to the summer road that makes riding more dangerous. It is simply due to the sheer numbers of people who take to the roads, both urban and rural. Pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers and riders alike are sharing the streets now that vacation season has begun. The good news is there are things that everyone can do to reduce the risk of motorcycle accidents in San Luis Obispo this summer.
As a Driver
When you slip behind the wheel of your vehicle, be prepared to stay alert for motorcycles. Keep your eyes open and stay alert. Distracted driving is a large problem in the United States and is responsible for more accidents than anything else.
If you find yourself driving next to or behind a motorcycle, keep your distance. The more distance you can leave between your vehicle and a motorcycle means more time to stop if you need to. Don’t cut off a motorcycle when you pass, don’t steer into the path of a bike when you turn, and stay as far behind a motorcycle as you can.
As a Motorcyclist
There is close to nothing better than hitting the open road on two wheels. Don’t get so caught up in your joy that you forget you are sharing the road with people who may not be looking out for you. Always drive in a predictable way. Ride your bike steadily, avoiding weaving in and out of lanes of traffic, making sudden turns or slam on your brakes when you don’t need to.
Make sure that you are visible. Wear a helmet and the right clothing, but also ensure that your bike is well lit. Use hand signals when you turn in addition to your signals. The more people can see you, the less likely you are to be involved in an accident.
As a Bicyclist
Accidents between a bicyclist and a motorcyclist are rare, but they do happen. If you are pedaling your two wheels instead of hitting the gas, remember that you are bound by the same traffic laws as any other vehicle. Stay on the right side of the roadway, stop for intersections when you should and stay aware of your surroundings.
As a Pedestrian
It’s less likely that you will be struck by a motorcycle than you would a typical vehicle, but you’ve got to keep the possibility in your mind. Even if you aren’t struck, your actions could cause the motorcyclist to be involved in an accident of their own.
Don’t dart out from between cars or other obstacles if you are crossing the street, stick to marked crosswalks and make eye contact with drivers before you cross. Stay visible when you are walking by wearing light colored clothing and always keep your eyes focused on the path ahead.
If you happen to be involved in a motorcycle accident in San Luis Obispo, reach out to our team of personal injury attorneys. We will speak to you during a free case evaluation and advise you of your legal rights and options.