As summer approaches, the Pacific Northwest's winter will give way to more pleasant weather that will see Seattle residents getting outside more often, and partaking in activities that are curtailed in the colder and wetter months. One of these is riding motorcycles along the highways and byways of Washington, taking in both the lively urban activity and the pastoral rural beauty. Unfortunately, along with more motorcycles on the road comes the heightened danger of motorcycle accidents.
A Washington motorcyclist made national news after a terrifying run-in with an alleged intoxicated driver last week. Even more astounding, the incident was caught on tape and the motorcyclist escaped with his life, suffering only minor injuries. It isn't unusual for a crash of that magnitude to render an innocent motorcyclist seriously injured. The accident is currently under investigation by Washington State patrol.
There are so many benefits that motorcyclists reap when they get out on their bikes. There is the pure enjoyment of riding a motorcycle, the wind in your face and the freedom of the open road. There is also the practical side of riding a motorcycle, with the savings on fuel and the benefits for the environment. With all the upsides to riding a motorcycle instead of other types of transportation, it's easy to see why many people choose these vehicles as their modes of transportation.
The news is full of car and motorcycle accidents. Many Washingtonians may attribute these accidents to user error. Perhaps a driver was going too fast, or driving under the influence. Perhaps visibility was poor, or a motorcycle had the bad luck of being in a blind spot when a car decided to change lanes.
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.
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.
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.