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Bikers Beware: Motorcycle Accidents Peak in the Summer

Summer is Dangerous for Motorcyclists

Once the seasons change and the weather starts heating back up, avid motorcycle riders everywhere begin to prepare their bikes for upcoming rides. However, as they take to the roads, they are faced with endless amounts of inexperienced or careless drivers that may pose a risk to their lives.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), fatal motorcycle accidents take a significant jump from April to May and increase before peaking in August. To better understand why this may be the case, it is crucial to know the contributing factors.

Why More Crashes in the Summer?

Although it's safe to assume that more motorcycle accidents happen during the summer simply because more motorcycle riders are on the roads, there are more factors to consider.

One of the greatest of which is that summer is when more inexperienced drivers are on the roads overall. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledges that teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 have the highest risk of motor vehicle accidents than any other age group. When considering this, it is understandable why more accidents are likely to occur when they are more frequently on the roads - during school breaks. However, they aren't the only contributor to this. Here are more reasons why summer can be more dangerous for motorcyclists:

  • Road construction increases in the summer, which can pose several hazards to motorcycle riders.
  • Drunk driving increases during this time, and the days of the year with the most alcohol-involved crashes are summer holidays.
  • Hot weather can cause an increase in driver fatigue and the likelihood of road rage behaviors.

Along with these, tourists and vacationing families unfamiliar with the roads may cause more issues for motorists. When the summer months come, it is crucial that you know your options should you be involved in a motorcycle accident.

How Our Chicago Attorneys Can Help

The attorneys at McNabola & Associates, LLC are fellow motorcycle riders and committed to ensuring your safety on the road. That’s why we also offer a free motorcycle rescue service to pick up your bike after an accident, in addition to our legal services.

If you or the loved one has been a victim of another’s negligence while on the roads, call (312) 888-8700 to speak with one of our attorneys for motorcycle accident representation.