A Seattle motorcycle lawyer discusses five different ways you and your family can prevent Washington State dirt bike accidents and injuries.

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Dirt Bike Safety & Injury Prevention for Washington Teens

This week, Marysville teen Nic Trout returned to his high school for a warm welcome from students, teachers, family, and administrators. Three months ago, the 16-year-old was paralyzed from the chest down during a dirt bike accident near Mount Vernon in which he fell off of a 35-foot embankment.

Sadly, Washington State dirt bike injuries are not uncommon, especially among young males. While riding dirt bikes can be exhilarating, fun, and a great form of recreation, a lack of laws surrounding dirt bike and a lack of awareness surrounding dirt bike safety can often lead to accidents, injuries, and fatalities.

Let’s take a closer look at a few useful dirt bike safety tips.

  • Follow Washington dirt bike laws. No one under the age of 13 is allowed to ride a dirt bike. Helmets are required by law for dirt bike riders of all ages. Dirt bike riders are not required to hold a license of any kind to operate a bike, and no skills test needs to be taken. 
  • Wear protective gear. Don’t stop at a helmet. Consider eye protection, padded clothing, gloves, elbow pads, kneepads, and appropriate footwear. These accessories will minimize injuries in the case of an accident. 
  • Keep your dirt bike well maintained. Dirt bikes can receive rough treatment on the trails, so it is vital that you check your bike for mechanical issues before each ride. Examine the tires for scrapes or flats, and check your axel nuts. 
  • Know your skill level. A large number of motorbike accidents take place because of an inexperienced rider making poor decisions. It is very important to build up your skills slowly, practice, and know your limits. 
  • Do a practice run. Before riding a trail hard and fast, do a slow practice run to familiarize yourself with the course and to look for hazards such as debris, puddles, potholes, and roots. A practice run will help prevent serious accidents as well as expensive damage to your bike.

Of course, it is important to understand that not all Seattle dirt bike accidents are preventable. Some are caused by faulty bikes, other negligent riders on the course, or other instances of carelessness. If you believe your dirt bike injury should have been prevented, you may wish to speak with a WA motorcycle accident attorney at the Andrew Kim Law Firm.