Renegades No More: Biking Safely in Washington State

The days have passed when motorcycle riders were considered leather-clad outlaws and renegades. Sure, the image remains, but the fact is that wearing good leather protects skin during a motorcycle accident. And today you are just as likely to see synthetic fabrics on riders interested in saving their skin, along with appropriate helmets as required by law. If you are involed with an motorcycle accient contact motorcycle accident lawyer seattle.

According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, motorcycle fatalities and injuries declined from years 2008 through 2010. Still, almost 70 bikers or their passengers were killed in 2010 and almost 1,800 suffered injury — far too many.

As a Seattle motorcycle accident attorney I have represented people who have been injured for years. The appeal of a motorcycle is also its danger — lack of protection on a motorcycle leads to some of the most severe injury claims we handle. The best way to deal with a motorcycle injury is to avoid it in the first place.

Though Motorcycle Safety Awareness month is in May, keep these tips in mind year-round and may all your travels be safe:

Stand out in a crowd: Being seen saves lives. Wear bright, day-glo fluorescent clothes or vest and a bright helmet. Keep those headlights on day or night — most motorcycle accidents in Washington occur between noon and 9:00 PM.

Know how to ride: Get and keep a motorcycle endorsement by taking an approved rider course or passing the knowledge and riding tests. Trained riders know their skill limits and are safer riders.

Drunk means dead: Driving distracted, drunk, or impaired will kill you — and possibly your passenger or another driver. Be responsible. And if you are hurt in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligent or reckless actions of someone else, get in touch. We can help.