In Washington State, all motorcycle riders are required to have liability insurance before they register a hog and hit the road, but many are not aware that they can add on other policies. Coverage for medical bills, property damage, hit-and-run accidents, uninsured drivers, and underinsured drivers can all prove extremely
valuable if you are in an accident. Given the many dangers motorcycle riders face in just Seattle alone, reviewing and updating your insurance policy may be to your benefit.
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Motorcyclists are the most exposed drivers on Seattle roads. With our streets and highways packed with much heavier passenger vehicles and trucks, it is no wonder that motorcyclists often suffer traumatic injuries in a collision. While new technology for motorcycle gear provides protection for their heads and shoulders through strong helmets and padded jackets, injuries to the lower half of the body are still extensive and can follow an accident victim for the rest of their life.
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Anyone who passes a moped or motorcycle on the road may lump them in the same categories. They both use two wheels, they are both fuel-efficient, and they both get lost in blind spots. The differences between mopeds and motorcycles may seem minute to the driver of a passenger vehicle, but to riders, the difference could mean the world. In fact, in the state of Washington, how your vehicle is categorized under state law can determine the rules of the road you must follow, the equipment you have to use, and your abilities to file a claim.
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Washington state is one of 19 states in the U.S.A. to have a universal helmet law. This means, every rider of a motorcycle, scooter, or low-motor motorcycle is required to wear a helmet. Yet, under proposed Washington Senate Bill 5007 (SB 5007) and companion House Bill 1125 (HB 1125), a new law to test motorcycle helmet use for three years could allow motorcycle users over 21 to forego the helmets and enjoy the freedom of riding a motorcycle helmet-free. Read the rest »
There’s no question that riding a motorcycle can be one of the most thrilling experiences possible. Unfortunately, when you’re out on the road, it can also be one of the most dangerous. Because motorcycles don’t provide the same type of protection that cars do, motorcyclists are far more likely to suffer from severe and sometimes fatal injuries in an accident. Let’s talk prevention. Read the rest »
Every time a motorcyclist gets onto their bike and hits the road, they are at risk for bodily injury. Motorcycles don’t offer the same buffer zone that other vehicles have. There’s no steel frame surrounding them, and other than their helmet, they have very little protection. Of all the accidents that can occur between a motorcycle and another vehicle, one in which they get rear-ended can be the worst. Read the rest »
A man has been charged with vehicular homicide after being involved in a fatal motorcycle accident while allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine. According to a Seattle Times
news report, the fatal motorcycle crash happened in Burien. Read the rest »
At the end of November, a Seattle resident was unfortunately killed in an accident here in Seattle. The 76-year-old rider died in a motorcycle accident that happened on Interstate 5. According to witnesses, the man lost control of his motorcycle and fell off. While trying to get back on his bike, he was struck by a semi-truck. The accident happened near the main gate of Joint Base Lewis–McChord (JBLM). Read the rest »
According to a Q13 Fox news report, the motorcycle accident happened in Renton on Lind Avenue SW. Officials say the head-on collision happened when a Subaru Outback was starting to make a turn. The motorcycle officer suffered bone fractures and will need surgery. It’s unclear if the driver of the Subaru will face charges. Investigators don’t suspect that alcohol or drugs lead to the crash. Read the rest »
Motorcyclists are much more likely to suffer serious and even fatal injuries
in a crash than car or truck drivers. In fact, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to be involved in a deadly accident than car drivers. It’s important for motorcyclists to be careful at all times, and for car drivers to look out for nearby motorcyclists. Read the rest »