Most motorcyclists in the U.S. pack up their bikes when winter hits, but those who live in areas with mild winters or are enjoying especially warm winter weather may decide to stay on the road as long as possible.
Even though fewer motorcyclists hit northern California roads in winter, motorcycle injuries can occur year-round. Both bikers and drivers need to remember that motorcycles are still on the road and to take steps to protect biker safety.
The following are some tips for motorcyclists who may be enjoying a mild winter:
- Dress for the weather. Cool air turns cold fast when you’re cruising along on a motorcycle. Wear extra layers, insulated gloves, and face protection to reduce your risk of frostbite or hypothermia.
- Don’t forget your helmet. Motorcycle helmets reduce the risk of death and serious injury in crashes of all kinds. They can also help protect your face and eyes from stinging winter winds or sudden precipitation.
- Don’t drink and bike. The holidays offer many chances to grab a drink at a bar, restaurant, or party, but you should never ride a motorcycle after drinking. Don’t let friends ride drunk, either. Instead, call a cab or find another sober route home, and collect your bike after the effects of the drinks you’ve had wear off.
In 2010, motorcycle accidents nationwide claimed over 4,200 lives, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Northern California motorcycle accident attorneys of Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP encourage motorists and motorcyclists alike to drive safely to help reduce your risk of becoming a statistic. However, if you have been injured in an accident, don’t hesitate to call a skilled member of our legal team for help obtaining the compensation you deserve from the parties responsible.