Florida is a popular state for motorcycling with its warm, clement weather and long stretches of beautiful, scenic highways. Riding at night can be just as amazing; however, night riding can put motorcyclists at a greater risk for a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that most fatal motorcycle accidents occur on weekends between 3 pm and midnight, so it’s important to make serious adjustments if you’re going to ride after the sun goes down. If you are involved in an accident, consulting with a motorcycle accident attorney immediately following an accident will help ensure your right to fair compensation.
Dangers of Nighttime Motorcycle Riding
Florida has the highest number of fatal motorcycle accidents in the country accounting for approximately 20% of motor vehicle fatalities. Since motorcycles lack the protection of cars, an accident is much more likely to result in serious injury or death for a motorcycle rider. If you ride at night, your risk is higher.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents at Night
- Poor visibility due to decreased field of vision, poor roadway lighting, or hazardous weather conditions such as fog or rain
- Road defects such as potholes, loose gravel, and debris
- Impaired or intoxicated drivers whose reaction time is slowed or who don’t see the motorcyclist at all
Nighttime Motorcycle Riding Safety Tips
If you want to ride at night, or you must do so for unavoidable reasons, it’s important to understand the risks, and take extra safety measures. While not every motorcycle accident can be avoided, there are certain ways you may help decrease the chance of an accident:
- Wear reflective gear, and add reflective tape or decals to your bike. Check that your headlights are working properly, and consider adding auxiliary lights to your bike to increase visibility.
- Use caution when passing other vehicles, and stay out of the blind spot of large trucks. Truck drivers may not be able to see you in the dark.
- Watch out for animals or other objects that could be on or near the road that could cause a collision.
Contact Our Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a Florida motorcycle accident, contact Browning Law as soon as possible. We can determine liability and work to get you fair compensation. There are never any legal fees unless we win your case. To schedule an appointment, fill out our convenient online contact form, or call our office at (850) CALL-COY.