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Riding Your Motorcycle at Night in Michigan

October 10, 2018

Most motorcyclists find riding in the night to be exhilarating. Nothing compares to the experience of the cool night air and the clear skyline. The roads are less traveled at this time and most riders take advantage of this by cruising with their guard down.

Yet, riding at night can be dangerous. According to the Insurance Information Institute, motorcycle riders who passed away between 6 pm - 6 am during weekends made up for 53% of rider deaths. This shows that most motorcycle fatalities occur during night riding. If you or a loved one was in a motorcycle accident, a Detroit motorcycle accident lawyer at Moss & Colella will help you get the compensation you deserve. Here are some of the reasons why it is dangerous to ride at night:

In order to be safe when riding at night, the key is to be visible. Speaking with a Michigan motorcycle accident lawyer at our firm can be very valuable to anyone injured in a Motorcycle accident. Here are some of the essential things that all riders need to be safe at night:


Every motorcycle is required by law to have a headlight. However, headlights differ in quality, with some being greater in quality & brightness than others. Nowadays, most motorcyclists opt for HID lighting and this is a huge improvement to the normal halogen lights which are found in most motorcycles. Upgrading lights on a bike will help other drivers spot your motorcycle and assist the rider in having better vision of the road.


To most bike owners, the tail light is simply a dual-filament bulb which doubles as a turn signal if it is used as a running light. These lights are oftentimes weak and have a tendency to break down. A better alternative is LED tail lights, as they are more luminous and use less power. They are long lasting and can stand the abuse that tail lights have to endure on motorcycles.

Signals or Indicators

At night, indicating that you want to make a turn or change lanes is a life-saving act. Since drivers and riders have to deal with low visibility, avoiding surprises by both parties goes a long way in ensuring road safety. For efficiency, LED upgrades are the go-to option due to their brightness.

Light bars

Light bars help in making your bike visible in the darkness. They are popular among adventure riders, sports tourers, and cruisers. They are found close to the headlight.

Spot/fog lights

These help in making the bike visible as they lay light down low when you are on the road. They can be installed on the lower front part of the bike’s frame, on the engine forks or engine guards. However, a huge drawback to having them is that they may drain the bike’s battery, so you have to check whether your motorcycle is able to handle this power drain.

Investing in material that makes you visible at night and improves your vision goes a long way in reducing fatalities at night. If you or a loved one was in a motorcycle accident in Michigan, a Michigan motorcycle accident lawyer at Moss & Colella will help discuss your claim and the options available to you. We are truly dedicated to helping you and we understand that you or your loved one is going through a very difficult time. Accidents happen fast and can leave lifelong scars. They can be harmful physically and emotionally, do not hesitate to call a Detroit Motorcycle accident lawyer at Moss & Colella today!

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