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Avoiding winter weather-related crashes in Colorado

When riding a motorcycle, you probably already know that certain times of the year are more hazardous than others. Winter riding, in particular, puts you at risk of being involved in a collision. If your wheels slide on ice or snow, you could crash. If another driver slides, he or she could hit you. Hidden potholes and other issues can also arise, leading to serious accidents.

Fortunately, there are some ways to reduce your risk of injuries in the winter. For instance, did you know that just wearing the right layers of clothing could help? Riding in cold weather requires warm clothing, so you can focus on the ride and not being too cold to function. Wearing the right visor prevents your vision from being blocked due to fog, and wearing multiple layers helps reduce the risk of sweat turning cold on the body.

When you're riding, remember to watch out for black ice, salt and fresh cracks. Salt can cause your vehicle to lose traction. Salt is much like ice in that it can result in skidding and make it difficult to stop. Don't take corners too quickly if you know there's salt on the roads.

If plow trucks are out, keep in mind that the roads could be damaged under the surface, too. Damage from plows and snow that freezes, thaws and freezes again can result in potholes and cracks that could cause you to crash.

No matter how you crash, it's important to get medical care. If your crash is a result of another driver's negligence, he or she should be held liable for your expenses.

Source: Ultimate Motorcycling, "7 Tips for Winter Motorcycle Riding," Ron Lieback, accessed Nov. 24, 2017

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