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Seattle Motorcycle Accidents Caused by Inexperienced Riders: What You Need to Know

If you were to ask someone on the street what the leading cause of motorcycle accidents is, they would probably guess speeding or reckless driving. In truth, however, several studies have found that inexperienced riders are responsible for the majority of bike accidents in which the rider is at fault. Here are just a few quick facts:

  • The first year of riding is by far the most dangerous time for a new motorcyclist. 
  • In 2008, roughly one out of four motorcycle accidents were caused by a rider who didn’t hold a valid motorcycle license. 
  • A motorcycle rider’s risk of a serious accident is highest during his or her first 30 days of riding. 
  • One out of five motorcycle accidents reported to insurance companies come within 30 days of an insurance policy taking effect. 
  • Younger motorcycle riders are more likely to be involved in an accident than older riders.


In Washington State, you can either get your motorcycle endorsement by taking a knowledge test and a road skills test or by taking an approved motorcycle training course and bringing your certificate to a licensing office. These requirements are in place to educate motorcycle riders before they get on the road, but often, time and experience are the only ways to increase your safety skill set.


Why is gaining motorcycle experience so important to preventing motorcycle accidents? Unlike driving a car, riding a motorcycle takes much more skill and coordination. Not only are motorcycle riders observing traffic and the rules of the road, they are also balancing their bike, working the throttle and brake, and shifting gears. Without hours of practice, these skills do not come naturally. A new motorcyclist may not understand how fast he or she can safely take a curve and may not recognize hazards that are unique to motorcycle riders.


Seattle motorcycle accident attorney

Have you been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by an inexperienced motorcycle rider? Are you seeking compensation for injuries sustained in a Washington motorcycle crash? Your first step toward finding justice is talking to a Washington motorcycle accident lawyer about your case. To schedule a free, private consultation, call Andrew Kim today.