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.
Intoxicated drivers are a danger to everyone on the roadways. They have slower reaction times, have a harder time paying attention and make poor judgment calls. While anyone can be hurt by a person driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, motorcyclists are at an increased risk of serious injuries. As most Washington residents understand, motorcycles provide virtually no protection to their riders, and helmets can only go so far to keep people safe. Sadly, many motorcycle accidents are deadly.
Washington State police are currently investigating a motorcycle accident after suspecting that drugs or alcohol could have been involved. In this case, a 56-year-old man was killed and a 60-year-old woman was injured. The pair had been riding the man's motorcycle one afternoon when a car crossed the centerline. As a result, the motorcycle hit the car. After the initial collision both the car and the motorcycle left the roadway.
As winter temperatures finally give way to spring, more motorcycles are likely to be seen on Washington roadways. As people enjoy beautiful weather, the freedom of a motorcycle and cheaper transportation, they also put themselves at risk of a motorcycle accident.
A new type of motorcycle helmet is set to start testing later this spring. This helmet - called the smart phone of helmets - helps to protect Washington motorcyclists from the dangers of riding a motorcycle. This helmet is equipped with a rear-view camera that gives drivers feedback to a screen in the corner of the helmet.
Despite the cooler winter temperatures, many people are still enjoying their motorcycles in Washington. These vehicles provide quick and cheap transportation for many citizens. However, motorcycles and their riders are often not given proper respect on the roadways -- no matter what time of year they are riding. In many cases, drivers do not look for or yield to motorcyclists' right of way. This can cause dangerous motorcycle accidents that have devastating effects for riders.
For some Washington residents, there is nothing better than riding a motorcycle. People use motorcycles as cheap and fun transportation. However, they do have a dangerous side. When people aren't careful, motorcycle accidents can easily occur. In the media, motorcyclists are often portrayed as the reason these accidents happen. Motorcycle riders are seen as reckless and dangerous people who have a never ending need to ride quickly and dangerously.