Why Motorcycle Accidents Can Be More Common During The Winter

While many motorcyclists choose to not ride their motorcycles in the winter, other motorcycle enthusiasts simply cannot wait until the snow melts to get back on their bikes. If you still ride on your motorcycle during the winter, however, you are at greater risk of ending up in an accident.

Common Issues Motorcyclists Face During the Winter 

One of the issues you might face as a motorcyclist is that other drivers are less likely to see you because your vehicle is smaller. This is especially common in the winter when there are snowdrifts that can obstruct the view of a driver.

Another problem is a windshield that hasn't been cleared off. This can occur when a driver's window has not been cleared off and still has ice and snow attached to it. Or, even if the driver clears off their window, the window might still be foggy because the driver has not turned on the defroster. If this is the case, the driver will be much more likely to not see your motorcycle and hit you.

The Moment of Impact

When the driver does see your motorcycle, they might slam on the brakes to avoid a collision. However, it might be too late and the ice might cause the vehicle to slide. Drivers are expected to drive more slowly in the winter, but some drivers are in a hurry. This might also be the reason why the driver neglected to clear off their windshield.

After the Accident

After the collision, you will want to seek medical attention immediately. A collision with a car while on a motorcycle will likely be devastating. Even if you believe you are not very badly injured, you will want to verify that you do not have any injuries. In many cases, injuries do not show up until hours or even weeks later.

By going to the doctor, you will be able to connect any injuries you had directly to your accident. If you do not go to the doctor, the auto insurance provider of the motorist might attempt to claim that your injuries are the result of a preexisting condition. 

Afterward, you should immediately speak with a motorcycle accident attorney. This type of professional will be able to gather the evidence necessary to prove that you were injured as a result of the negligence of the other driver and this is necessary to be able to receive compensation for your injuries.

To learn more about motorcycle injury compensation, contact a firm like Brooks Law Group.