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Washington Bike Accident Attorney: Riding a Motorcycle in Snow & Cold Temperatures

As winter begins to fall over Washington State, many motorcycle enthusiasts put their bikes away until spring, cleaning, covering, and storing their vehicles safely until the temperatures are warmer and the roads are safer. Others, however, ride their bikes year round, either because it is their primary mode of transportation or because they enjoy the hobby.

Although it is possible to ride your bike in wintery conditions and snow, it is extremely important to do so with safety in mind. Below, we’ve shared some safety tips for riding a motorcycle in snow and ice:

•    Never assume other vehicles see you. Cars and trucks are even less likely to see you in the winter, when visibility can be lower and drivers don’t expect motorcycles to be on the road.
•    Be extremely careful in slick conditions. Because a motorcycle operates on two wheels, bikes are much more likely to slide and skid in poor road conditions. Stay off of unplowed roads. Use chains in extreme conditions.
•    Don’t ride if you don’t have to. Riding in winter is possible, but riding in a snow or ice storm is simply irresponsible. Keep a close eye on the weather and listen to news reports before deciding to take your bike out.
•    Slow down and give vehicles more room. Just like when you are driving any vehicle in wintery conditions, the two best things you can do to prevent an accident are slowing down and putting more distance between you and the next car on the road.
•    Dress appropriately. Accidents can happen because you are not prepared for the cold air and low temperatures. Wear a helmet, gloves, and warm layers. Remember the wind chill factor. Take a break if you believe the cold is affecting your ability to ride safely.
•    Beware sand and salt. Many towns and cities put down sand and salt to add traction to the roads and melt ice. While this is helpful to most drivers, it can be a danger to bikers, especially after the snow melts.

Most motorcycle safety experts recommend that you do not ride your bike in low-temperatures or in snowy conditions – especially if you are not extremely experienced. However, some bikers will be caught in these situations unexpectedly.

If you have been injured in a Washington State motorcycle accident, you may wish to speak with a Seattle personal injury attorney. Call Andrew Kim today to schedule a free case evaluation: 800-636-3676.