Motorcycles can be a lot of fun, but they also have the potential to put you in danger. As a smaller vehicle, motorcycles can be more difficult for drivers to see. They also offer little in the way of protection, so if you are hit, the chances are that you will get hurt.
Motorcycle accidents happen often across the country, and most are caused by a single mistake: pulling out in front of a motorcyclist. In many cases, drivers miscalculate how fast the motorcyclists are going or may not see them at all. This leads to the driver pulling out into the motorcyclist's path and causing an accident.
Motorcyclists are put at risk the moment they decide to head out on the roads. They have no frame around them to protect them from the impact of another vehicle, and they have no way to reduce injuries with air bags or other safety tools.
Riding your motorcycle in winter is a risk that you may be willing to take, but you must keep in mind that there are hazards that wouldn't normally be present in the spring, summer or fall. One of those hazards is the likelihood of snowfall and ice. The other, potentially more dangerous, hazard is that drivers don't expect to see motorcyclists in the winter.
You cannot always avoid a motorcycle accident, but it does pay to stay vigilant and aware on the road. Keep your eyes out for high-risk situations, and you might be able to spot an accident waiting to happen. Below are a few risks to be aware of: