Riding in Foggy Conditions
Motorcyclists are sometimes at a disadvantage when riding through adverse weather conditions. Without the protection of a vehicle, riders are exposed to the wind, sleet, rain, snow and many other elements that can affect their ability to control their bike. Fog is one of the most dangerous riding conditions for motorcyclists, and unless traveling through it is absolutely necessary, it should be avoided.
The Governors Highway Safety Administration issued a report analyzing crash data in every state for 2011, and they found an increase in motorcycle accident fatalities in Arizona. The report suggests that the increase is tied to lower fuel costs for motorcycles versus passenger cars and that an increased number of riders drove the rise in death rates.
In Phoenix, when the weather cools to dew point temperature, the moisture of the air condenses and forms a thick layer of fog over the earth. Arizona motorcyclists risk serious injury to themselves and others if they cannot control their bike in these conditions.
If you or someone you love was hurt because of motorcyclist negligence you may be eligible for compensation based on the pain and suffering you experienced from the accident. At Phillips Law Group, our legal team has fought for the rights of injury victims to ensure that justice is done and that they receive the MAXIMUM amount of compensation they are eligible for in their case.
Tips for Motorcycle Riding in Fog
Motorcyclists must be prepared to face a number of inclement weather conditions as they traverse Arizona's roads and highways. When riding in fog, the following tips can help keep motorcyclists and the drivers that they share the roads with safe:
- Maintain a safe, slow speed under the limit if necessary to help with reaction time
- Stay visible with reflective riding clothing
- Give yourself plenty of space by staying away from the vehicle in front of you
- Use the white, outer line to guide you away from the oncoming lane
- Always use low-beam headlights, never high beam
- Utilize a gentle tap of the brake lights to alert other drivers that you are ahead of them
- Remain alerted and watch for signs of other vehicles entering or leaving the highway
- Use a defogging agent on your visor to keep it clear while you ride
Extra care and safety precautions should always be taken to avoid a foggy weather motorcycle accident. Other things to keep in mind include parking the motorcycle as far away from the road as possible if an emergency stop is necessary and to make sure the fuel tank is full before heading out, to avoid running out of gas if the fog makes it too difficult to see upcoming fuel stations.
Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents
If an accident does take place the consequences for the biker and the other motorists involved can be disastrous. Some of the most common injuries associated with motorcycle accidents are:
- Broken bones
- Cracked ribs
- Dental trauma
- Facial disfigurement
- Fractured skull
- Riders Arm
- Road Rash
- Shattered kneecap
- to name a few.
Statistically, motorcyclists are injured four times more often in crashes than occupants in passenger vehicles, but a speeding motorcyclist can become a projectile launched at an opposing car. If you were involved in an accident with a motorcycle and the rider was behaving negligently you could have a personal injury claim. Seeking representation from an experienced motorcycle accident litigator can be your best resource for information about what to do next.
Suffering the injuries and mental anguish that comes with an accident is a difficult experience, but it doesn't have to be done on your own. The compensation that is awarded a successful verdict or settlement can help cover the costs of recovery and that lost wages that time away from work brings.
If it is too late to avoid a motorcycle accident, acting responsibly and quickly to recover as much from the incident as you can is the next best option.
Hurt in a Motorcycle Crash?
If you or loved one has been involved in a crash because of bus driver negligence, the victim may be entitled to compensation. An experienced motorcycle crash attorney can help you determine if you are eligible to make a claim against the negligent party who caused the collision.
At Phillips Law Group we are determined to help injury victims fight for their right to fair and just compensation. For years we have provided comprehensive legal counsel to those in the Phoenix, Arizona area; we are also proud to represent those affected by a collision in the surrounding Phoenix area including:
- Lake Havasu City
- and more surrounding towns and cities.
To find out how we may be able to help you with your claim, contact us at 1-800-706-3000. One of the competent members of our intake staff will connect you with one of our lawyers best suited in handling your claim after a few preliminary questions. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take your call.
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