As spring turns to summer, more motorcyclists will be hitting the open road. Whether they are seeking the thrill and beauty of the ride or an easy and inexpensive form of transportation, motorcyclists deserve to be able to ride safely. They should be able to ride without the fear of a car turning into their path, a distracted driver rear-ending a motorcyclist or any number of devastating motorcycle accidents.
Residents of Seattle may have noticed warmer weather returning to the state of Washington. With this warmer weather, greater numbers of motorcyclists are hitting the roadways. These smaller vehicles are not only fun to ride, but they help people save money on maintenance and fuel costs. Despite their many perks, however, motorcyclists should understand the dangers associated with motorcycles. Riders of these small vehicles often fall victim to negligent drivers and other hazards on the road. Motorcycles are not just smaller versions of cars, and therefore, face their own unique dangers.
Motorcyclists have few protections against an accident. Unlike cars -- which have airbags, steel and safety glass - motorcycles offer little in the way of protection. Motorcyclists must rely on their own skill and the attention of others in order to remain safe.
While Washington residents can suffer serious injuries in a car accident, a motorcycle accident comes with even bigger risks. Motorcycles do not provide the protection - including the structural enclosure, seatbelts, safety glass, air bags and more - that cars provide.
As spring heats up in Washington many motorcyclists are happy to hit the open road once again. However, motorcyclists should be aware that many drivers are not aware of their presence. Some drivers in the Seattle area do not pay attention to these smaller vehicles which increases the possibility of an accident. In a motorcycle accident, motorcyclists are extremely susceptible to injuries since their vehicles offer so little protection.
In Washington, motorcyclists are held to the same laws as every other driver. However, motorcycles are not like every other vehicle on the road. Their small size makes them susceptible to accidents. And, these vehicles offer little protection to the people who ride them. In some cases, treating motorcycles differently can help to save lives.
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?
Motorcycles are a fun and economical way to travel. People not only enjoy the thrill of these bikes, but the excellent gas mileage as well. But, with these perks comes risk. Motorcycles are smaller and often ignored by larger cars and trucks. This can lead to motorcycle accidents. Because of lack of safety features on motorcycles, an accident can result in serious injuries or death for riders. Even minor accidents have the potential to cause serious damage.
In the last few days of summer, many motorcyclists are out enjoying Seattle's roadways. Unfortunately, this isn't always the safest way to travel. These motorcycles are prone to motorcycle accidents due to the negligence of others. Motorcycles do not provide the protection that larger vehicles are afforded. In some cases, other drivers may feel like motorcycles are a distraction on the road. Motorcycles have a bad reputation, in some cases, for disregarding traffic rules. Therefore, some drivers may think that motorcyclists have a right to be on Washington's roadways.