Approximately 4,000 motorcyclists are killed each year, and more than 80,000 are injured in traffic crashes. Many of these injuries and deaths could be prevented if motorcycle riders and their passengers wore helmets. In 2005, 4,553 motorcyclists were killed and an additional 87,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the United States.
Per vehicle mile traveled in 2004, motorcyclists were about 34 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle traffic crash and 8 times more likely to be injured. While motorcycles made up slightly more than 2 percent of all registered vehicles in the U.S., motorcyclists account for 10 percent of total traffic deaths. In 2005, 34 percent of all motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes were speeding, compared to 26 percent for passenger car drivers, 25 percent for light-truck drivers, and 2 percent for large-truck drivers.
Wearing a helmet lowers a motorcycle rider's risk of fatal injury by 29 percent and reduces the risk of traumatic brain injury by 67 percent. Despite the documented effectiveness of helmets, many motorcyclists choose not to wear them, especially when state laws don't require helmet use. Currently, less than half of the states require helmet use by riders of all ages. NHTSA estimates that helmets saved the lives of 1,546 motorcyclists in 2005. And if all motorcyclists had worn helmets, an additional 728 lives could have been saved.
In Washington, motorcyclists are subject to the same speed restrictions as other vehicles. All motorcyclists are required to drive at a speed that is reasonable and prudent. Any speed in excess of the following speeds is evidence of unreasonable driving:
- 25 mph in a business or residential district.
- 50 mph on a country road.
- 60 mph in other locations.
In all motor vehicle accident cases it is essential that measures be taken promptly to preserve evidence, investigate the accident in question, and to enable physicians or other expert witnesses to thoroughly evaluate any injuries. If you or a loved one is a victim of an automobile accident, contact Andrew Kim Law Firm, PLLC now in Bellevue at (425) 289-1990 or in Tacoma at (253) 682-2000. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to accept your case, we will work on a contingent fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary award or recovery of funds. Don’t delay! You may have a valid claim and be entitled to compensation for your injuries, but a lawsuit must be filed before the statute of limitations expires.
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- Ways That Inexperienced Motorcyclists Cause Serious Wrecks
Did a motorcyclist cause your accident? It may have been due to his inexperience as a rider. Learn how this causes accidents and the damages you may deserve.
- Slow-Speed Motorcycle Wrecks Can Cause Motorcycle Riders to Suffer Serious Injuries
Low-speed motorcycle accidents can cause serious injuries to riders. Find out common injuries victims suffer and the compensation they may receive.
- Injuries Caused in Dirt Bike Accidents and How to Prevent Them From Occurring
Dirt bike accidents can cause victims to suffer serious injuries or death. Here, we discuss the injuries they cause and tips to keep you and your family safe.
- Head Injuries You Could Suffer in a Motorcycle Wreck
Many motorcyclists suffer brain injuries in an accident. Learn the common brain injuries you could suffer and the treatments you could need for a brain injury.
- Reasons You Should Wear a Motorcycle Helmet Every Time You Ride Your Motorcycle
Are you required to wear a motorcycle helmet in Washington? Learn about Washington’s helmet law and the benefits of wearing a DOT helmet if you’re in a wreck.
- Common Reasons Motorists Fail to See Motorcycle Riders and Cause Accidents
Many motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers not seeing the motorcycle rider. Is this a valid excuse or is it negligence on the part of the motorist?
- Proper Gear Can Help Keep Motorcyclists Safe on the Road
Motorcycles have fewer safety features than cars to protect riders in an accident. Here are some accessories that can help keep motorcyclists safer on the road.
- Do You Know Washington State's Motorcycle Laws?
Motorcycle laws can vary from state to state. Find out more about the laws that apply to motorcyclists in Washington State.
- Alcohol and Marijuana: A Combination That Can Leave You in Danger
Getting on your motorcycle after using marijuana is already dangerous. When you add alcohol to the mix, it becomes downright deadly.
- Did a Motorcycle Accident Leave You With a Punctured Lung?
You were involved in a motorcycle accident in which you experienced a blow to your chest. If you have any of these symptoms, you could have a punctured lung.
- Bikers and Burns: Motorcycle Accidents Often Cause Severe Burn Injuries
Burns are one of the most common injuries from motorcycle accidents, and many are quite serious. Knowing why they happen may help you prevent them.
- Drinking and Riding: A More Serious Problem Than You Think
You probably already know that riding your motorcycle while under the influence is extremely dangerous, but you may not know just how deadly it is.
- Give Your Passenger a Lesson on Safety to Prevent a Seattle Motorcycle Crash
Riding with a passenger on your bike is fun, but dangerous if you’re involved in a Seattle motorcycle crash. See how preparation minimizes the risks.
- Three Things We Wish More Drivers Knew About Preventing Seattle Motorcycle Crashes
Find out why some car and truck drivers cause Seattle motorcycle accidents and why it might matter to your accident injury recovery.
- Washington Injury Attorney: Beware Low-Speed Motorcycle Accidents in Seattle
A Washington personal injury attorney warns against the dangers of low speed motorcycle accidents and shares information on how to avoid them.
- Seattle Motorcycle Accident Lawyer: Beware Fluids on the Road
Motorcycle riders in Washington State should be wary of fluid from other vehicles on the road as they can cause accidents in more ways than one.
- Learning Motorcycle Lane Positioning & Preventing Accidents
A Seattle motorcycle accident attorney discusses in what part of the lane to ride your motorcycle to best prevent accidents, collisions, and injury.
- Seattle Injury Attorney: Know How to Bring Your Motorcycle to a Safe Stop
A Seattle motorcycle accident attorney discusses how to properly use the brakes on a motorcycle in order to prevent bike accidents and injuries in Washington State.
- Should You Wear a Motorcycle Helmet? A Seattle Injury Attorney Weighs in
A Seattle motorcycle attorney shares facts about motorcycle accidents, motorcycle crash fatalities, motorcycle injuries, and motorcycle helmets.
- Washington Bike Accident Attorney: Riding a Motorcycle in Snow & Cold Temperatures
A Seattle personal injury attorney shares tips and advice on preventing motorcycle accidents in winter and snowy conditions.
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