Every driver is at risk when they’re trying to cross an Illinois highway in bad weather, but it is even riskier if you’re on a motorcycle. If staying home isn’t an option, here are a few tips to keep motorcyclists safe on the road during winter.
How can you safely drive a motorcycle in cold weather?
Black ice is one of the biggest hazards on the road for motorcyclists. You might not realize that the patch of black asphalt is actually covered in ice, and by the time you’ve reached that part of the road, it’s too late to slow down. Keep an eye out for areas that are likely to form black ice and drive at a slow, steady pace.
It’s also important to keep an eye on the vehicles behind you. If you’re driving below the speed limit, you might accidentally get rear-ended. Vehicles are also more likely to spin out of control in bad weather, posing an additional danger to motorcyclists. You might need to contact a car accident attorney if you’re injured in a collision.
You can reduce your risk of personal injury by checking your motorcycle and ensuring that everything is in working order. A minor defect could cause serious injuries if the ice causes you to skid off the road. Additionally, check your fluids to make sure they haven’t frozen.
Were you injured in a car accident?
Bicyclists and motorcyclists are much more likely than car drivers to suffer from serious injuries in an accident. If you’re hit by a car while riding your bike, you might have to take time off work or quit your job altogether while you recover. An attorney may be able to help you recover some of your losses by filing a claim with the driver’s insurance company and appealing the claim if you get rejected.