A motorcyclist in the Spokane area recently died from injuries caused by a collision with a pickup truck that occurred on Highway 2. The investigation determined that the motorcyclist was headed eastbound while the pickup truck was headed westbound when the truck turned in front of the motorcyclist resulting in a head-on collision. Emergency workers were able to assist the motorcyclist, who was later airlifted by Life Flight helicopter to a nearby medical facility with life-threatening injuries. The motorcyclist later died from these injuries. The truck driver, however, was not injured in the accident.
While motorcycles offer an exciting ride, motorcycles are also dangerous vehicles. One of the reasons that motorcycles are particularly dangerous is that they do not offer nearly as much protection for riders as motor vehicles, which can prove catastrophic when accidents are involved. The National Traffic Safety Administration reports that motorcycles are 35 times more deadly than other vehicles. There are some important safety precautions that a person can take, however, to greatly reduce the risk of being injured in a motorcycle accident.
If You are a Rider, Only Go With Experienced Motorcyclists
Motorcyclist passengers should only travel with motorcyclists who have experience as safe and responsible riders because they are much less likely to be involved in an accident. Motorcyclists should also make sure to only travel at speeds that they consider safe because this decreases the risk of being involved in one of several kinds of accidents.
Wear the Appropriate Safety Gear
It is a wise idea to only wear clothing with adequate padding when riding a motorcycle because this helps to protect riders in case an accident occurs. Back and elbow protection also helps to reduce the chance that a person will receive cuts or lacerations if a motorcycle accident does occur.
Dress in Visible Clothing
One of the most common causes of motorcycles accidents is a lack of visibility of motorcycle riders. Wearing bright clothing helps to make sure that a person on a motorcycle can be seen by other drivers on the road. It is important to wear visible clothing during bad weather as well as at night.
A large number of motorcycle accidents are caused by the other drivers on the road, which is why it is important for motorcyclists to always drive defensively. The practice of defensive driving includes not riding next to semi trucks because these vehicles have several blind spots that make it difficult for truck drivers to see motorcyclists. It is also a good idea to maintain a safe distance from other vehicle as well as avoid making any sudden lane changes.
Contact a Spokane Accident Attorney
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident in the Spokane area, do not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney at West Law Office. Our law firm understands just how serious motorcycle accidents can be and we are dedicated to obtaining the results that you deserve. Contact West Law Office today to schedule an initial free consultation.
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