Seattle Motorcycle Safety Attorneys
At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., we concern ourselves over the safety of motorcyclists in Washington and throughout the nation. Most motorcyclists are actually quite apt at protecting themselves and being cautious on the road. It is drivers of other motor vehicles that worry us. If you have suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident due to no fault of your own, let us fight to uphold your rights to a full and fair settlement starting today. We will use the full extent of our capabilities to ensure you get the coverage you need to make a full recovery. Our number is (888) 228-3860. We offer free initial consultations.
What Are the Dangers of Riding a Motorcycle?
Motorcycle riding offers a unique experience, but also carries serious risks. Unlike a car, a motorcycle provides little to no protection to its rider in the event of a crash. In fact, many riders end up being ejected from their motorcycles upon impact from a larger vehicle. The potential injuries after a Washington motorcycle accident can include:
- Bumps and bruises;
- Road burn;
- Broken bones;
- Spinal cord injury; and/or
- Brain injury.
While no one can predict every accident, there are aspects of motorcycle riding that you, as the rider, can control and that can help you avoid dangerous drivers and protect yourself as best as possible in the event that you are involved in a crash.
Protect Your Head
Head injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents. So, find a U.S Department of Transportation (DOT) approved full-face helmet at the local store and wear it every single time you set off on the road. A full-face helmet offers the highest level of protection. Wearing an open-face helmet and sunglasses or goggles may protect your head and eyes, but not your face.
Prevent Serious Road Rash with the Right Clothing
The road can wreak serious frictional damage to your skin and tissue if you wipe out with light, non-protective gear. For every ride, wear a sturdy jacket and long pants of suitable material, gloves, and boots that cover the ankles. Shorts and a t-shirt may be more comfortable, but they are the worst things you could wear while motorcycling.
Keep Your Chopper Well-Maintained
Make sure your motorcycle is in proper working order before taking it out for a ride. This includes checking fluid and gas levels. Also, check the traction on your tires. If either of your tires looks even a bit worn out, replace them immediately. And don’t forget to take your chopper to the shop for periodic checkups.
Be Smart while Out on the Road
Stay out of blind spots. Drive defensively. Be prepared to make sudden movements in an emergency situation. And don’t split lanes. It is not only unsafe, but illegal in Washington State.
Don’t Lay Down Your Motorcycle
Contrary to a popular myth, you should not lay down your bike to avoid an accident unless the alternative is getting caught in a likely fatal scenario (going over a cliff, into the middle of a pileup, etc.). Most motorcycles nowadays have anti-lock braking systems and advanced tire traction. Take a motorcycle training course and learn proper braking, throttling, and swerving techniques. This way, you will know exactly what to do in an emergency situation.
What You Can Do After a Motorcycle Crash
Unfortunately, taking all these precautions can’t always protect you from the negligence or recklessness of other drivers. If you’ve been injured in a Washington motorcycle accident caused by another driver, legal action may be the answer you need. Contact Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. today to get started.
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