As the weather warms up, so do Washington’s roads. With more vehicles flooding state roads, first responders warn that we should be expecting to see more traffic accidents involving motorcycles and bicycles.
In the neighboring state of Oregon, officials are already alerting locals that warmer weather equals increase in motorcycle and bicycle crashes.
Riders, first responders say, must keep in mind that safety is a priority. So wearing proper safety gear is essential. Helmets, for instance, can save your life. So when you hit the road this summer, remember that you should always be fully protected.
Drivers, on the other hand, have little preparing to do. Instead, they must be alert.
First responders say that most of the accidents involving motorcycles happen because drivers aren’t completely ready for motorcycles. As such, they forget to share the road. But when the sun is out, so are riders. Drivers must assume that it’s never safe to change lanes unless they have double checked beforehand.
They must also look twice before opening their doors after parking. Check the mirrors for coming riders before exiting your car.
Most Motorcycle And Bicycle Accidents Are Preventable
There are plenty of negligent and irresponsible drivers and riders out there. But many accidents happen because otherwise responsible drivers make a preventable mistake.
As more riders hit the road, drivers who are not used to seeing them may make these mistakes.
Because riders are more likely to experience serious and life-threatening injuries in accidents, we warn drivers to do all in their power to remain alert.
Riders who also want to put safety first must also do their part.
Ride defensively and avoid riding by parked cars. Many accidents happen when drivers open their doors unexpectedly.
With Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, drivers must be extremely careful. More people will be traveling through the weekend. And troopers will be on the lookout for intoxicated and distracted drivers. Avoid accidents by following road rules, putting your phone down, and having a designated driver if you’ll be out celebrating.
For more tips on how to avoid accidents this summer, follow this link.