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Wearing a helmet offers physical and legal protection

Washington, like many other states, requires motorcyclists to wear helmets. While not popular with everyone, the law is designed to protect motorcyclists involved in a motorcycle accident. But physical protection is not the only reason why Washingtonians should wear a helmet. Another reason is legal. To learn what that reason is, keep reading.

Preserving a legal claim following a motorcycle accident

Taking a motorcycle out for a spin can be one of life's great pleasures. But that fun is shaded with danger. For example, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 100,000 motorcyclists were injured on the road in 2007. It should be noted that most of those injuries were not the motorcyclist's fault. Washingtonians who find themselves in this position need to know what to after a motorcycle accident.

Motorcyclist falls from bridge after accident

With fall in full swing, the motorcycle season is coming to a close. For many motorcyclists, that means hitting the road while the weather cooperates. But, unfortunately, some of these cruises will not end well. Take, for example, a recent motorcycle accident on the West Seattle Bridge.

Injured in a motorcycle accident? You have rights too

Driving a motorcycle can be a rush. But it can also be dangerous. Too often other vehicles do not see motorcycles as they stop, turn or change lanes. And that can mean serious injuries or even death. When a negligent driver doesn't see you, do you know your rights?

Risk factors at play in motorcycle accidents

With the summer rapidly coming to a close, now is the time for motorcycle enthusiasts to hit the road and log some miles. But, with those extra miles will unfortunately come the extra risk of motorcycle accidents. The first step in minimizing those accidents is to understand common risk factors.

Motorcycles can be fun, but they may be risky as well

In Seattle and elsewhere, motorcycles can represent freedom and adventure, a way to hit the road in a liberating and exciting fashion. But, the rush of having nothing separating the person from the wind whipping across their jacket and the pavement zipping past their feet is that they have little-to-no protection if something goes wrong. When it does, a motorcycle accident can leave a motorcyclist seriously hurt or even dead.

Protecting the rights of motorcycle accident victims

For an inattentive driver, it is easy to overlook a motorcyclist; however, this is a dangerous situation for motorcyclists and motorists on roadways in Seattle and elsewhere. A negligent driver who fails to check their surroundings before changing lanes, slowing down or making a turn could collide with an oncoming motorcyclist or a motorcyclist traveling in their blind spot. A motorcycle crash is unlike other automobile collisions. Motorcyclists do not have the same type of protection most motorists enjoy in other vehicles. A lack of a hard exterior shell and interior safety features often makes motorcycle accidents very serious and even fatal.

How can motorists increase motorcycle safety?

Now that spring is in full swing and summer is just around the corner, motorcyclists have become a constant presence on the roadways in Seattle and elsewhere in the nation. While driving or riding on a motorcycle is a great way to enjoy nice weather, the unfortunate reality is that motorcyclists often face more serious dangers than other motorists on the road. The small size of these vehicles often make them difficult to see; therefore, motorists collide with them when they fail to see a motorcyclist in their blind spot or properly assess the speed and distance of an oncoming motorcyclist.

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