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Watch for motorcycles during unseasonably warm weather

On Behalf of | Feb 29, 2024 | motorcycle accidents

The weather has been unseasonably warm in Indiana this year, along with much of the Midwest. The temperatures in Indianapolis have gotten so high, for example, that they have reached record levels not seen since the 1940s. It is certainly one of the warmest springs in recent memory, with higher temperatures and more sunny days.

What this weather means is that motorcyclists may be a bit quicker to get their bikes back out this year than they would have been in the past. Most riders will put their bikes away in the fall, as the weather starts to turn because riding is so hazardous in the winter. Usually, the snow begins to melt and bikes will start to come back out in the spring. But since the weather has already hit these highs in February and early March, bikes may be weeks or even months early getting back on the road.

Left turn accidents

It’s critical for drivers to watch for motorcyclists when they are turning left. One of the most common accidents is when a driver turns left in front of a motorcycle that has the right of way.

Often, these drivers will say that they never saw the motorcycle at all. This can happen more often in the spring because drivers aren’t used to looking for motorcycles and may never check. This also leads to accidents on the interstate, for example, when drivers merge into bikes that they don’t expect to be in their blind spots.

Safe driving is important, but some accidents will still happen. Those who have been injured need to know how to seek financial compensation.