Now that the sun is setting earlier, you may find yourself riding your motorcycle in the dark. Riding at night can be fun; it’s just you, your bike and a starry sky. But, it can also be dangerous. You know that your biggest danger is from car drivers that don’t see you, but drivers aren’t the only danger. There are other, unexpected dangers hiding in the dark.
- Nocturnal animals – It’s deer season and deer motorcycle accidents are most likely to happen in the hours after sunset. But, deer aren’t the only animal you need to watch out for. Raccoons, skunks, and possums may also be out at night. These animals are difficult to see ahead of time.
- Road debris – Did you know that nearly 80 percent of road debris accidents are fatal? Road debris, including tire pieces, car parts, spilled hay, leaves, branches and trash, can be hard to recognize at night. Debris that has little effect on a car can cause a serious Atlanta motorcycle crash.
- Black ice – Icy roads are rare in Georgia, but they happen. Black ice refers to a thin coating of ice that is almost invisible. It’s even harder to see in the dark. Slow down and use care when the temperature is low.
- Drunk drivers – In 2011, 78 percent of impaired driving accidents in Georgia occurred between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. and 40 percent of nighttime crashes involved alcohol.
Keep your high beam headlights on while driving in the dark, and watch for movement near the sides of the road. For more night riding tips, read our article, “The Secret to Avoiding Georgia Night Riding Accidents.”
If you are injured in a nighttime motorcycle accident, you will need to take steps to protect your rights and your insurance settlement. Contact the Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Kaufman Law today. The initial consultation is free.