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Things motorcyclists can do to stay safe at night

Motorcyclists who travel Montana's roadways must face a variety of possible dangers, from negligent drivers to potholes and other adverse road conditions. These hazards are difficult enough to contend with while riding in daylight, but under the cloak of nighttime's darkness, these same hazards become all the more threatening.

So, for this reason, it is extremely important that motorcyclists do all they can to see and be seen while riding in the dark. To this end, the following are some tips you can use to improve your nighttime motorcycle traveling.

  • Increase the brightness of your headlight. This can be done by installing accessory lighting, which will better illuminate the road in front of you. This will help you avoid potholes and spot any animals that wander in your path.
  • Be on the lookout for drunk drivers, especially on weekends. The NHTSA states that during the nighttime's on weekends, 16 percent of the motorists on the road are driving under the influence.
  • Ride on the visible tire tracks that have been created in your lane by the flow of previous traffic. Riding in these tracks provides you with a clearer path to decrease the likelihood of striking road debris.
  • Have an optometrist give you an eye exam. Any vision issues you may have will be magnified by the darkness, so have the optometrist check your eyes in low-light conditions.

When riding during the nighttime hours, it is all too easy for motorcyclists to cross paths with intoxicated or fatigued drivers. Motorcyclists rarely escape accidents unscathed and a spill could result in road rash, broken bones or even severe traumatic brain injury.

If you should ever be injured while riding your motorcycle, you may want to engage the services of a Montana personal injury attorney. The attorney could use his experience in handling injury-accident cases to help you get the compensation you need for your medical expenses.

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