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Reducing the Risk of Motorbike Crashes

Posted by Russell West | Apr 30, 2022 | 0 Comments

In March 2022, a temporary road obstruction was created due to a collision between a motorbike and a motor vehicle close to Third on Interstate 90. The Washington State Patrol has confirmed that injuries occurred in the collision, but that they were not life-threatening. Due to the incident, traffic was delayed to Lotah Creek for a period of time. The nature or severity of the damage and injuries incurred in the crash is unknown.

Heading out on a motorcycle or motorbike at the start of a weekend is an activity enjoyed by many people. Unfortunately, what can start as a calm motorbike trip can quickly turn deadly and result in serious injuries or even fatalities. One of the deadliest aspects of motorbike accidents is that they can be caused by almost anything. While some accidents are the result of a motorcycle operator's negligence, other times these accidents are the fault of other drivers on the road. The small size of motorcycles leaves many motorcyclists hard to spot for other drivers on the road. The following are some of the most common ways that motorcycle accidents occur in Spokane.

Left Turns

Countless motorcycle accidents occur because a motorcyclist attempts to perform a left turn. Often, a nearby driver does not see the motorcyclist make this turn, and a collision results. Other times, motorists mistakenly turn into the paths of motorcyclists. Unfortunately, even if motorcyclists diligently check their vehicle's mirrors, motorcyclists are often difficult to see and routinely end up in the blind spot of drivers.

Deadly Road Conditions

Various road hazards including uneven surfaces, slippery surfaces, and debris are one of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes. Motorcycles are substantially smaller in size and are less stable than bigger passenger and commercial vehicles. As a result, motorcycles are most at risk of losing their balance while traveling over unsafe road conditions. One thing motorcyclists can do to avoid accidents of this kind is to avoid traveling over areas where these hazards are likely to be present. 

Reckless Driving

Speeding as well as other reckless driving patterns are some of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes. When not just motorcyclists but also nearby drivers speed, tailgate aggressively, drive without paying attention, or switch lanes recklessly, motorcyclists can end up in serious accidents. 

Alcohol and Drug Use

Some motorcyclists combine alcohol and drug use with motorcycle operation to make more out of the experience. Doing this is dangerous and greatly increases the chance that a serious accident could occur. Never combine motorcycle usage with alcohol or drugs. Drivers of passenger and commercial vehicles who drink and do drugs and then drive also pose a great risk to the safety of motorcyclists. 

Contact an Experienced Motorbike Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorbike crash and someone else is responsible, you should not hesitate to speak with a compassionate accident attorney. Contact the West Law Office today to schedule a free case evaluation.

About the Author

Russell West

Russell West from West Law Office, located in Spokane, Washington represents clients in areas of criminal traffic, misdemeanors, and personal injury. DUI’s, Reckless Driving, Negligent driving, Hit and Run, and Driving with Suspended license are the majority of criminal traffic violations. Drug Charges, Theft, and Domestic Violence account for most of the other criminal cases Russell handles.

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Spokane Attorney Russell West practice areas include: Auto Accidents, Personal Injury, Motorcycle Accidents, Slip and Falls, DUIs, DOL Hearings, Criminal Traffic, Expungement/Vacating Records, and Insurance Bad Faith

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