A Washington personal injury attorney warns against the dangers of low speed motorcycle accidents and shares information on how to avoid them.

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Washington Injury Attorney: Beware Low-Speed Motorcycle Accidents in Seattle


When you think about motorcycle accidents, you probably picture a scene from a Hollywood movie involving high speeds and dangerous curves. However, a large number of motorcycle accidents don’t involve speeding. In fact, a significant number of motorcycle accidents occur at low speeds and away from the open road.

Riding a motorcycle at low speeds is different from riding on a highway or interstate and even comes with its own handling strategies and hazards. The number one factor in serious Washington motorcycle accidents is rider inexperience – and an inexperienced rider who does not know how to handle his or her bike at slow speeds could seriously injure themselves or others.

What are some common types of low-speed accidents?

  • A rider loses control of his bike during a sharp, low-speed turn
  • A rider is involved in a low-speed collision in a high-traffic area during stop-and-go traffic
  • A motorcycle crash caused by not properly estimating spacing between the motorcycle and the vehicle ahead
  • An inexperienced rider uses the front brake for stopping at slow speeds, causing the bike to topple
  • A rider fails to bring his bike safely to a stop for pedestrians in an urban area
  • A motorcycle rider with little bike experience topples over because he does not know how to correctly use the clutch at slow speeds
  • A motorcycle traveling at slow speeds slips on gravel or other uneven surfaces
  • A motorcycle rider is distracted by his surroundings while traveling at slow speeds
  • An inexperienced motorcycle rider fails to come to a safe stop or fails to safely navigate an intersection

Preventing low-speed motorcycle accidents mostly involves rider education. If all bikers understood the dangers of riding even at low speeds – and if others on the roads knew the hazards of low-speed riding – many motorcycle accidents and injuries could be prevented.

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Motorcycles riders are not well protected from the weight of their bike or the road. Even low-speed motorcycle accidents can result in serious injuries and even fatalities. If you have been involved in a bike crash in Washington State and need legal assistance with your personal injury claim, Andrew Kim is here to help. Call us today to schedule a confidential consultation and to speak one-on-one with an experienced Seattle personal injury lawyer: 800-636-3676.