Cold tires, snow and other factors play a role in winter crashes

The winter isn't normally a great time to ride a motorcycle, and there are many good reasons for that. For example, when it's icy outside, it's harder for people to stop. Without the safety of a vehicle's body around you, you could crash and end up with serious injuries. Another issue with motorcycles is that you're exposed to the cold air much more than if you're in a car. Instead of having heat on you and being able to warm up while you drive, you could become colder the longer you ride. That puts you at risk of crashing due to cold, hypothermia and other issues.

If you do decide that you want to ride in the winter, remember that slowing down is key. Drivers don't expect to see motorcyclists in the winter. They may not look for you at an intersection, so it is up to you to make yourself stand out and to give yourself enough time to stop and prevent a crash.

Cold tires don't have good traction. Even with winter tires, it's unlikely that you'll be in good control of your vehicle. Remember to assume that your bike will take longer to stop, so you can avoid crashes from taking corners too quickly or approaching stopped traffic too fast.

If snow is in the forecast, it's better to use your car. Why? Visibility is so poor during snowstorms that you're putting yourself at a high risk of being in a crash when you shouldn't. If you're already out riding, pull over, find somewhere to wait and wait out the storm. It will keep you safer as well as others on the road.

If you are injured in a motorcycle accident that wasn't your fault, you do have recourses available. An experienced attorney can help you understand your legal options for pursuing compensation for your injuries and damages.

Source: Forbes, "5 Tips for Riding A Motorcycle Through Winter," Josh Max, accessed Nov. 29, 2017

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