As much as it can be a quicker and more convenient way to travel, riding a motorbike can be downright dangerous. There are a plethora of things that can go wrong while riding a motorbike which wouldn’t occur while driving a car. The common consensus regarding driving a motorbike in the winter is that it is unsafe and precautions need to be taken to keep safe. This is due to declining weather conditions and less traction on the road.
Accident Advice Helpline deals with many road accident claims due to the number of accidents on the road in the United Kingdom. Motorists are eligible to claim for injuries or personal damage to vehicles caused by other motorists when they are not in the wrong. All claims need to be made within three years of the accident and in order to receive the compensation, you need to have received medical attention for your injuries in order to prove it occurred.
What are the dangers of driving a motorbike in the winter?
- Low visibility. Due to fog and snow, visibility is often poor in winter and this is a massive hazard for motorcyclists as they are so small on the road and are often only seen just before a collision. It’s for this reason that motorcyclists are encouraged to wear high-visibility vests and strobe lights on helmets.
- Ice and snow results in low traction. The roads are slippery in winter and it’s not uncommon to see the message boards on motorways encouraging motorists to drive slowly and carefully to avoid fatal accidents. Braking suddenly on wet or frosty roads is dangerous as it can result in a car or motorbike slipping on the road.
- Cold. Many people associate the dangers of riding a motorbike in winter with collisions and crashing but motorcyclists are exposed to the elements far more than a person driving a car. Those who ride motorbikes in winter are encouraged to wear warm clothing. This can include gloves and even thermal underwear to protect themselves against the frosty temperatures that can be experienced on the roads.
Claim against negligent drivers
We encourage you to claim against drivers who have driven recklessly and have put you and others in danger. If you have suffered road accident injuries because of negligent drivers, call our 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 and from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. You can also take a 30-second test to establish if you are due compensation.
Date Published: February 21, 2017
Author: Accident Advice