We Advocate For Motorcycle Safety
Keep these tips from our accomplished attorneys in mind
Motorcycles are a common sight on the roads in the Seattle-Tacoma-Everett area, especially during the warm summer months. Both bikers and motorists have a responsibility to share the road effectively. When they don't, serious accidents can follow, and it's usually the biker who gets hurt.
The motorcycle lawyers at NLE Law have worked with many bikers who were seriously injured in an accident. We know their stories - and know how their lives are never the same afterward. That's why we'd like to advocate for better safety precautions on the road. By keeping these tips in mind, you can keep yourself and others on the road safe.
Here are some tips that bikers should follow:
- Wear protective gear, including helmets, gloves, eye protection and protective clothing such as leather and denim. Head protection can reduce the risk of a traumatic brain injury, although helmets certainly do not prevent all injuries. Wearing heavy clothing reduces the risk of skin injuries such as road rash.
- Maintain your bike with a safety check every time you get on the road. Check your tires, headlamps, turn signals and other components in addition to the engine and brakes. A well-maintained bike is a safe bike.
- Don't share or split lanes. A motorcycle is a vehicle and is expected to take up an entire lane. Motorists don't expect to have another vehicle on their left or right within the same lane, and drifting to one side can lead to a serious accident.
- Avoid hazards, such as debris, potholes and slick conditions. Any issues with the road surface can pose grave danger to motorcyclists.
Here are some tips that motorists need to follow while sharing the road with bikers:
- Stay alert. A motorcycle is smaller than a passenger car, and many drivers involved in motorcycle accidents claim that they did not or could not see the motorcycle. Distracted, drowsy or drunk driving puts everyone at risk, but especially motorcycle riders.
- Don't follow too closely. Motorcycles often have to change speeds or adjust their position in a lane to avoid hazards or react to changing road conditions. Moreover, they may slow down by coasting to a stop rather than using their brakes - which means you won't see brake lights. That's why it's critically important to maintain a safe following distance.
- Yield the right of way. Most drivers know that they need to yield to oncoming cars while turning left at intersections, but many don't think to yield to an oncoming motorcycle. In fact, that's how most motorcycle accidents happen. Remember, a motorcycle is a vehicle and has the right of way just as a car does.
- Check your blind spots. Because they're so small, it's easy for motorcycles to disappear into a car's blind spots. Always check over your shoulder before merging or changing lanes. A motorcycle could be right there.
Motorcycle accidents can cause serious injuries. And everyone on the road shares a responsibility to prevent those injuries. If you've been seriously hurt in an accident, we can help you move forward and get the treatment and compensation you need. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.