Often, people decide that is best to avoid taking their motorcycle out during the winter months, especially in colder areas that see significant snowfall. However, some motorcyclists do ride during the fall and winter and there are various weather-related risks to watch out for during these seasons. In fact, many parts of the country are already seeing the accumulation of snow and some motorcyclists may be caught off-guard when ice appears on the road in early November. Unfortunately, bad weather conditions have contributed to many serious motorcycle accidents in Virginia, and motorcyclists, as well as drivers, should be very careful when any poor weather conditions threaten road conditions.
Riding a motorcycle when the roads are slick can be extremely dangerous, particularly when ice is present. Moreover, some ice may be difficult to see and many people have been injured or killed after riding over patches of black ice. Even when a motorcyclist does not lose control after going over ice, they may be struck by someone driving a vehicle who drives too fast when road conditions are dangerous. Ice can be especially concerning around sharp turns and on hills, but motorcyclists should always be vigilant.
Sometimes, it makes the most sense to stay off of the road until conditions have improved. If you are ever involved in a motorcycle crash caused by a driver who was speeding, overconfident on the road or intoxicated, review your legal choices. You should not hesitate to pursue the resources that you are in need of as you recover.