You have a right to the road on your motorcycle at all hours, but many motorcyclists voluntarily opt to stay home after dark. The problem is that nighttime driving can increase the risk on what is already a high-risk vehicle. Some of the additional risks you face could include:

Reduced visibility

Motorcycles are difficult to spot during the day since they are so much smaller than cars. Even with headlights, it may be harder for drivers to see them in the dark, and this can lead to critical mistakes.

More drunk drivers

Many drunk driving accidents happen after dark, especially on the weekends. It is very dangerous to ride around two o’clock in the morning, when a lot of bars close and people head home.

Lower temperatures

This isn’t so much a threat in the summer, but it can make riding more uncomfortable during the fall and it can become very dangerous when low temps make the roads slick or bring on snow and ice at the end of the season.

Animal hazards

It’s hard to see deer and other animals on the side of the road in the dark. If you overrun your headlights, the odds of an impact increase, and you could get seriously injured.

Longer reaction times

If you get hurt in a crash and you need help from passing drivers, it’s harder to find at night. For instance, if you get involved in a hit-and-run, it could take a long time for the next driver to see you and call in the accident since fewer people are on the roads.

Have you gotten hurt in a motorcycle accident in Wisconsin? If so, make sure you know what legal options you have to seek out financial compensation.