In a recent blog post, we explained that motorcyclists have the same right of way rights at intersections as larger cars and trucks. However, as smaller vehicles, motorcycles do not carry the same amount of risk, should something go wrong. In this post, we explained the right-of-way rules that apply to all drivers as set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. When these rules are broken, however, motorcyclists can suffer catastrophic and fatal injuries.
Unlike cars, motorcycles are smaller and can get lost in traffic. Washington drivers may not look carefully enough for motorcycles, or may think that because they are smaller they should yield to cars. However, motorcycles have as much right to be on the roadways as any other vehicle. Some drivers may not understand when motorcycles get the right of way, and could, therefore, make dangerous driving mistakes that put motorcyclists at risk. Many may ask -- when do motorcyclists have the right of way at Washington intersections?
The world can present a lot of dangers to humans. Humans are quite fragile without certain protections. While car companies try to make motor vehicles safer, people are still put at risk when they get behind the wheel. Truck accidents, pedestrian accidents and other fatal motor vehicle accidents are frequent and devastating.
Pedestrians can often be seen near Seattle's busy streets. Drivers need to be aware of their presence and respect their right of way. If drivers fail in these areas, pedestrians can easily be hurt or killed.
People frequently travel in cars and other smaller passenger vehicles to get from place to place. However, in large cities, passenger vehicles share the roads with larger vehicles meant for mass transit -- generally buses. While some busses are meant for shorter trips, other buses can carry people across the state of Washington and even across the country. Passengers want to ensure that they are safe on these buses, and may, therefore, wonder if these bus drivers are subject to federal regulations.