When the weather is warm and the sun is out, it can be very inviting to go outside and enjoy activities in the fresh air. One of these is motorcycle riding. Typically when weather is inclement, like hail or rain, fewer motorcycles are out and about on the roads. This makes sense because there is not much a rider has on a motorcycle to shield them from the elements. Though, on a nice day, riding on the open road with the refreshing and pleasing air abound, this can be the perfect time to go out and enjoy a leisurely ride.
Riding a motorcycle may be fun and exhilarating, but it is perilous. And while car accidents can products injuries and death should a collision happen, the risk for motorcycle riders to sustain harm in a crash far outweighs those occupants in a car.
If you were the victim of a motorcycle accident and were injured or lost a loved one, you can call the Germany Law Firm, PLLC, for more information and support within the personal injury and wrongful death claims process in Mississippi.
How Can Warmer Weather Lead to Motorcycle Accidents?
Warmer, clear weather is typically ideal for driving. This is so between sunrise and sunset, both when the sun can be so intense, and it is harder to see. Nevertheless, when it is clear, and there is no precipitation during the day, there is a reduced risk of the weather playing a part in a car accident. Even though this is true, that does not mean that accidents, even those that can be catastrophic, cannot happen.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2017 alone, 5,172 motorcyclists lost their lives in crashes. These incidents made up 17% of all driver and occupant fatal crashes reported that year. Still, even though motorcycle accidents can have such high death rates, their popularity continues to grow. From 2019 to 2020, the industry grew by 1.6%, and consumers in the United States bought motorcycles 67% more than they did in 2019.
Specifically, when the weather is particularly lovely, studies have shown that it is the weekends when there are many more motorcycle accidents reported. It is essential to note that it is not the warmer weather itself that causes motorcycle accidents. It is just that there tends to be a higher number of motorcyclists that are on the road when the weather is pleasant, and it is the weekend. More drivers mean there are increased chances for accidents. Also, the weekends tend to be when people go out and gather for drinks, meaning drinking alcohol can also contribute to more accidents. Alcohol and driving is a dangerous recipe for injury and the cause of far too many deadly crashes.
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Bob Germany is a Jackson personal injury accident attorney that can help you after you suffered harm from a crash. For more information on how working with a Jackson motorcycle accident attorney can benefit you, please call Germany Law Firm, PLLC, today at (601) 487-0555 to schedule a free consultation.