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Ride Your Motorcycle Safely This Summer

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Summer is the perfect time to ride and enjoy California’s beautiful scenery and warm weather. While doing so, you must keep safety in mind. You don’t want a great day of riding to end in an ambulance.

If you sustain injuries in a motorcycle accident in Costa Mesa or the surrounding Orange County, California, area, you should contact an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer before trying to navigate the insurance claim process alone. Call 949-541-9944 or fill out our online contact form if you have questions or need help.

Summer Safe Motorcycling Tips

  1. Wear Protective Gear

Protective gear can help prevent injuries in the event of an accident and shield you from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Wearing appropriate, highly visible protective gear is crucial while riding a motorcycle. This includes a helmet, eye protection, gloves, a jacket, pants, and boots.

  1. Stay Hydrated

Riding a motorcycle in the summer heat can cause dehydration and heat exhaustion. If that happens, you’ll lose focus and possibly pass out while riding. It’s essential to drink plenty of water and electrolyte-rich drinks to stay hydrated and maintain your body’s fluid levels. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, as they can contribute to dehydration.

  1. Check Your Bike

Before heading out, check your motorcycle’s tires, brakes, oil levels, lights, and other vital components. Ensuring your bike is in good condition can help prevent breakdowns and accidents.

  1. Avoid Riding During Peak Heat and Traffic Hours

Riding during the hottest parts of the day can be dangerous and uncomfortable (usually around the afternoon drive). It’s best to ride early in the day or later in the evening because the temperature is cooler. Additionally, take frequent breaks in shady areas to rest and cool off. This will help you stay comfortable and avoid being distracted while avoiding the dangers of riding during heavy traffic.

  1. Watch for Road Hazards

Summer is a popular time for road repairs and maintenance. Stay alert and be ready to react to any obstacles on the road. You must also be weary of vehicles suddenly slowing down or switching lanes in work zones. If traffic backs up, you can lane split but do so cautiously. Don’t speed, and be ready for vehicles to switch lanes, potentially cutting you off.

  1. Ride Defensively

It’s important to ride defensively at all times and be aware of what’s going on around you:

  • Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles
  • Avoid weaving in and out of traffic
  • Maintain a safe distance between you and other vehicles, especially in heavy traffic or bad weather
  • Be prepared to swerve, brake, or accelerate, to avoid accidents
  • Prepare for an oncoming vehicle to take a left in front of you if you’re coming up to a driveway or street entrance on your right
  • Obey traffic laws

Defensive riding requires you to think about your actions, predict what others might do, and consider what you should do if a worst-case scenario happens. Using this mental energy can detract from enjoying your ride, but it’s a necessary evil.

  1. Do Not Drink Alcohol or Use Drugs, and Ride

Riding a motorcycle is already a risky activity requiring high levels of skill and attention. The danger increases significantly when a rider drinks alcohol or uses drugs. If you’re drinking when it’s hot, you may become intoxicated and dehydrated faster than expected.

There are many reasons not to mix riding and alcohol or drugs:

  • It impairs your motor skills, coordination, and reaction time, essential for safe motorcycle riding. This can affect your ability to operate the controls, maintain balance, and react quickly to changing road conditions or a vehicle that suddenly drives into your path
  • Drinking alcohol also impairs your judgment and perception, leading to poor decision-making and risky behavior
  • Alcohol can affect your vision and awareness, making it difficult to perceive and avoid hazards

If you drink or use drugs before you ride and are involved in an accident, it may make it easier for an insurance company to blame you for the crash and deny your claim.

Do You Have a Motorcycle Injury Claim to Discuss?

If so, talk to our motorcycle accident attorneys serving Costa Mesa, Tustin and all of Orange county. At Hick’s Law Firm with experience successfully litigating and settling motorcycle cases like yours. Answer some questions about what happened, we’ll discuss California law and how it may apply to your situation. We’ll also talk about what we think are your case’s strengths and weaknesses and how you should proceed.

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