One of the most commonly cited reasons for motorcycle accidents is that they are smaller and easier for other motorists to overlook. That means motorcycle riders are particularly at risk of being injured in an accident in low visibility situations like riding after sunset.
To reduce your chances of being involved in an accident while riding at night, it is crucial to know the dangers and how to make yourself more visible to others on the road.
The Dangers of Riding Motorcycle at Night
Some of the dangers that come with riding a motorcycle at night are:
- Decreased visibility — Not only is it harder for you to see what’s happening around you at night, but other drivers will also have a harder time seeing you. Riding at night also makes it harder to spot potholes and other hazards that might trigger a crash.
- Drunk drivers — While you may run into the occasional drunk driver in the daytime, you’re much more likely to encounter them at night, especially as the evening goes on and bars start to wind down.
- Fatigue — Other drivers are generally more tired at night, making it harder for them to recognize and react to a hazardous situation. This fatigue cuts both ways, as your reflexes may not be as sharp at night.
Motorcycle Night Riding Safety Tips
Here are a few things you can do to help keep yourself safe while riding a motorcycle at night:
- Add lights to your bike. The more you can do to increase your visibility while riding (while not blinding others on the road), the better. Motorcycles are generally required to have a headlight and taillight, but adding other lights can also be an effective way to make yourself more easily seen.
- Put reflective tape on your bike. Attaching some reflective tape to the side of your bike will make it easier for other drivers to see you, especially if they’re coming at you from a perpendicular angle at an intersection.
- Wear reflective and light-colored clothing. Wearing reflective or bright clothing is another way to increase visibility, as it increases the amount of surface area that can reflect light.
- Make your helmet stand out at night. If you’re wearing reflective clothing and have added reflective tape to your bike, why not go all the way and add some tape to your helmet?
- Stay alert, ride sober. Riding while impaired is not only illegal, it’s also incredibly dangerous. You want to be as sharp as possible when riding at night to give yourself the best possible chance of avoiding a crash.
- Drive defensively. Going at slower speeds, being extra careful going around turns, making gradual stops at intersections, and other defensive driving maneuvers can help you avoid an accident. Veteran riders say they “expect the unexpected.”
Contact Our Experienced Folsom Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today
The motorcycle accident lawyers at Black & DePaoli are ready to stand up for you if you’ve been injured in a nighttime crash in Folsom or surrounding areas of California. Call us or reach out to us online to speak with a member of our team in a free and confidential consultation.