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.
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?
Motorcycles are fun. But they are also dangerous. Often these dangers are predictable, even common. That predictability offers opportunity for Washingtonians to avoid motorcycle accidents before they pop up. To learn more, keep reading.
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.
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.