Before you get on your motorcycle, you should be familiar with how long it takes to come to a complete stop while traveling at different rates of speed.

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Bikers, Know Your Motorcycle Stopping Distances

Andrew Kim
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4/6/2013
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A significant number of Seattle motorcycle accidents are caused by inexperienced riders and rider error—and many of those accidents involve riders who don’t understand brake safety or the dangers of speeding. Before you get onto a bike, be sure that you are aware of how many feet it takes for a motorcycle to come to a full stop safely—and how speeding can affect this distance. 

Here’s what you need to know: 

  • When traveling 10 miles per hour, you need 4 feet to come to a stop. 
  • When traveling 20 miles per hour, you need 15 feet to come to a stop. 
  • When traveling 30 miles per hour, you need 33 feet to come to a stop.
  • When traveling 40 miles per hour, you need 59 feet to come to a stop. 
  • When traveling 50 miles per hour, you need 93 feet to come to a stop. 
  • When traveling 60 miles per hour, you need 134 feet to come to a stop. 
  • When traveling 70 miles per hour, you need 182 feet to come to a stop. 
  • When traveling 80 miles per hour, you need 238 feet to come to a stop. 
  • When traveling 90 miles per hour, you need 300 feet to come to a stop. 

Put another way, you need the length of a football field to come to a stop when traveling 90 miles per hour. When you are traveling 60 miles per hour, you need more than one-third of a football field. It’s no wonder speeding leads to so many collisions each year. It’s also no wonder that tailgating is especially dangerous when riding a motorcycle. 

Have you been involved in a motorcycle accident in Washington that involved speeding or tailgating? You may wish to speak to a personal injury attorney about your case. Call the Andrew Kim Law Firm today to schedule a free case evaluation: 800.636.3676. 



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