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.
With summer in full swing, Washington's roads are full of motorcycles. Now is a good time to brush up on some frequently asked questions about motorcycle accidents.
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.
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.
Now that spring has sprung, drivers in Seattle may start to see more motorcyclists on the road, whether it is a classic Harley-Davidson or one of the newer super sports models. Motorcyclists have every right to share the road with other motor vehicles. Unfortunately, this means that there will be accidents between motorcyclists and other vehicles. What's worse is that it seems to be more likely that a motorcyclist will die in a crash when compared to occupants of other types of vehicles.
Motorcycles offer very little protection to riders. They don't have seat-belts, air bags or safety glass. So, when an accident occurs, serious injuries are likely to follow. These injuries can include everything from head injuries to broken bones and spinal cord injuries. These injuries can also include burns.
As the weather warms up this spring, many Washington residents will ride motorcycles. For some, motorcyclists this may be a fun recreational activity. For others, motorcycle use may be their main form of transportation. In either case, individuals need to understand what is required of them to legally ride a motorcycle in the state of Washington.
Roads throughout Washington are meant for everyone. Whether a person is driving a car, truck or motorcycle, that person has an equal right to use and enjoy all of the roadways within the state. Sadly, not all vehicles are treated equally in Washington. There are situations where some drivers need to be more careful than others. In particular, motorcyclists are at great risk for physical harm if involved in an accident. Many drivers failed to look out for motorcycles on the road and carelessly fail to yield to motorcyclists' right-of-away causing serious motorcycle accidents.
I am by no means an experienced world traveler. Of course, I have seen more of the United States than most people will see in a lifetime, but when it comes to visiting other nations, my experience is limited. I have spent some time in Canada and Mexico. I have been to Italy, Southern Africa, and now Vietnam. There is much more of the world that I haven't seen that I have seen.
Many people across the state of Washington enjoy riding motorcycles. While motorcycles are an enjoyable form of transportation, they come with multiple risks. People who ride on motorcycles are at risk for being involved in a motorcycle accident. A motorcycle accident can result in serious injuries to its victims. In particular, people are at risk for head injuries. Since motorcycles provide very little protection, sometimes nothing more than a helmet protects the person's brain during an accident.