Motorcyclists may face most dangers in July
Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jul 07, 2014 in Motorcycle Accidents
Backyard barbecues, recreation on the water and setting out on a road trip are all things associated with summertime. For many motorcyclists, it's the perfect time to hit the open road. Even though reliably warm weather might help confirm this idea, accident statistics might suggest otherwise.
According to a national insurance company, July was the most common month for motorcycle accidents in 2013. At the same time, July 5 to July 7 was the time frame that had the highest concentration of motorcycle-related accidents and insurance claims, which makes sense in the context of Independence Day weekend. Bikers may want to keep this in mind as the month of July 2014 rolls on.
Although summer is the time of year when drivers probably expect to see the most motorcyclists on the road, higher volumes of traffic can create trouble. Dealing with more motorists is no excuse for avoiding care and caution on the road.
Without a doubt, motorcycle safety is a two-way street. Motorcyclists must do their part to follow traffic laws and observe cautious behavior while riding. However, responsible motorcyclists alone will not solve issues with motorcycle accidents.
Motorcycles might be lower to the ground and smaller than passenger vehicles, but drivers in larger cars and trucks can't rely on this as a reason for failing to notice bikers on the road. This is all part of accepting the responsibility of being an attentive and thoughtful motorist.
Riding a motorcycle can be a thrilling experience and a relaxing pastime for many Connecticut residents. As such, the hope is that an opportunity for summertime recreation doesn't take a tragic turn.
Source: The Star-Ledger, "July is cruelest month for motorcycle drivers, insurance data shows," Alexi Friedman, July 7, 2014