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.
A motorcycle accident can be frightening for an individual in Washington. Motorcycles, while fun, provide very little protection to the riders. Even in minor motorcycle accidents, a motorcyclist can be severely injured. These injuries can range from road rash to broken bones and brain injuries. In the most serious of cases, a motorcycle accident can result in the death of a motorcyclist and any passengers.
This time of year, the weather in Washington can start to turn cold. As it gets deeper into winter, many people choose not to ride their motorcycles. Motorcyclists face risks whenever they are on Washington roadways. Inclement weather can increase these risks and make it difficult for motorcyclists to ride. However, that does not mean every motorcycle is off of the roads. It is important for drivers to continue to be aware of motorcyclists as they are traveling in Washington state.
Motorcyclists across the state of Washington share the roads with all sorts of vehicles. These bikers are often at the mercy of these other drivers since motorcycles themselves provide so little protection. Motorcyclists are also expected to follow traffic rules in order to help prevent motorcycle accidents.
At some point most motorists will likely encounter a motorcyclist on the road. All drivers and motorcyclists have a duty to exercise reasonable care on the roads and be cognizant of the traffic and surroundings around them. Despite the public messages to start seeing motorcycles, and precautions a driver and motorcyclists may exercise, motorcycle accidents still happen.
Although it serves as a reminder of an unexpected tragedy, one Washington family hopes that a new street sign in their neighborhood will also help prevent similar tragedies from affecting other families. The new sign, posted along Southeast 223rd drive in Kent, is dedicated to the memory of David Daniel, who was killed in a motorcycle accident on August 22, 2012. The sign reminds motorists to avoid drunk driving.
We all know there is an increased risk in motorcycle riding because riders and passengers have less protection around them. Still, all motorists have a responsibility to remain alert and watch out for smaller vehicles. Despite efforts by private and public organizations to heighten awareness about the presence of motorcycles, accidents are a common occurrence. When negligence plays a role in the crash and someone is injured, then he or she may have grounds for a personal injury claim.