Winter poses a unique set of risks for motorcyclists and other drivers due to the obvious patterns that are associated with the typical weather of Western Washington. Because of this risk, it is smart to keep in mind a few safety tips that can prevent motorcyclists from becoming just another accident statistic, as it only takes a moment of misfortune or negligence for a motorcycle ride to go wrong and leave the rider as well as the passengers on board with serious, life-threatening injuries.
TBIs and Motorcycle Accidents
First, it almost goes without saying that wearing a helmet can do wonders for keeping to keep you safe in case of a motorcycle accident. One of the most common types of injuries in motorcycle collisions is traumatic brain injury, and keeping the brain protected can make all the difference in avoiding this type of injury in a crash.
Did you know that, statistically speaking, motorcycle accident victims who are wearing a helmet at the time of a collision typically suffer fewer injuries to the head, neck and spine areas? Motorcyclists are already extremely vulnerable as it is, which is why every piece of protective gear – especially a helmet – can drastically improve a motorcyclist’s chances of surviving and recovering from a crash.
Extensively checking the tire treads and inflation levels of the wheels on a motorcycle is an excellent and safe habit to have. Also, there are a number of defensive driving courses that motorcyclists can take in order to learn skills that can limit the extent and damage of a crash.
Regardless of whether the weather is good or bad, it is all too common for drivers to fail to notice an oncoming motorcycle – particularly on left-turns that require a driver to yield – which is a leading cause of injuries to motorcyclists. Many traffic safety experts have long urged motorcyclists to assume the driver of a motor vehicle does not see you and to be prepared to maneuver in any situation.
Preparing for Incliment Weather and Driver Impairment
The unforeseen road and weather conditions that fall and winter bring put drivers at an even greater risk for accidents. According to the Department of Transportation, about one quarter of annual vehicle crashes are weather related. Weather related crashes are defined as those crashes that occur in adverse weather such as; rain, sleet, snow or fog or on pavement covered in water, snow or ice.
The vast majority of accidents occur on wet pavement or during rainfall, both of which are relatable risks for motorcyclists in the Seattle and Western Washington areas. Not surprisingly, driver impairment is another common contributing factor in motorcycle collisions. If you suspect there might be adverse weather during your travels, check local road conditions and weather advisories before departing. Be prepared as possible for road conditions and always leave plenty of time to get to your final destination.
If you are injured in a motorcycle collision, there are a lot of things that you will need to understand before pursuing a personal injury claim against an at-fault driver and their insurance company. Consulting with a personal injury lawyer can be beneficial to motorcycle accident victims who are interested in learning more about the legal process and determining whether or not they have a valid claim.
Likewise, Davis Law Group founder and attorney Chris Davis has written and published several informational legal guides on the various types of accidents that people may be involved in throughout their lifetimes. To learn more about these books or to order your free copy, visit our gallery of free legal reports here or call Davis Law Group, P.S. at 206-727-4000 today.