Riding a motorcycle is never exactly safe. Even the most safety-conscious riders who obey all traffic laws, wear all the right safety equipment, and take all the right precautions can still be seriously injured or even killed in accidents.
That said, there are certain times when riding is more dangerous than others, and if you own a motorcycle, it’s important to know those times and either practice extreme caution or avoid riding altogether:
- At night—Safe riding is all about being seen by other drivers. If they can’t see you, they can’t avoid you. At night, your bike is illuminated by its headlight, taillights, and brake lights, but those aren’t always enough for other drivers to see you. Ride during daylight hours when possible.
- In inclement weather—Periods of rain, fog, and snow are dangerous times for anyone on the road, but particularly harrowing for motorcyclists. Rain and snow make road slick, while fog significantly reduces visibility. Save your riding for sunny, clear days.
- During rush hour—The more vehicles on the road, the more dangers you face when riding. That’s why riding during rush hour, or between the hours of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., is so dangerous. People are trying to get to work or home, and they aren’t always looking out for motorcyclists.
At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers help all Virginians who have been hurt in motorcycle crashes that weren’t their fault, regardless of when and where they occur. If you or someone you love was injured, contact us today for a free consultation.