Your Legal Obligations As A Motorcyclist In Washington
Just like other drivers, motorcyclists are subject to numerous state laws. Washington uses these laws to keep motorcyclists, drivers and pedestrians safe. While following the law doesn’t guarantee that you will be accident-free, it can reduce the risks you face.
I am Kristian Soholm, an experienced attorney and motorcycle enthusiast. I will seek justice for you if an accident happens on the road. At Soholm Law Firm, PLLC, I understand that riding a motorcycle is more dangerous than riding in other vehicles, but I also know the proper safety measures that can help prevent a crash.
Know Washington’s Motorcycle Laws
A few major requirements to remember while riding in Washington include:
- You must have a state-issued motorcycle endorsement and carry the proper amount of liability insurance.
- Helmets, eye protection and other safety gear are necessary across the state regardless of your age, your speed or the density of traffic around you.
- The type of helmet and safety equipment you choose must comply with state law.
- DUI and traffic laws apply to motorcyclists and all other drivers.
When you prepare for your journey, check that you are maximizing your safety and complying with the Department of Transportation. Then, enjoy the ride.
Riders Disagree On Some Safety Issues
Some motorcycle riders prefer having the freedom to choose between wearing a helmet or feeling the wind as they ride. They believe that if they can choose to ride a motorcycle, they should also be able to choose their safety equipment.
Other riders believe that the risks are too high to allow motorcyclists to forego helmets. They understand suffering severe or fatal injuries in an accident is more likely without a helmet.
No matter where you stand on the issue, it is important to follow the current law. It is also important to understand your insurance coverage and what to do if a motorcycle crash occurs.
If An Accident Happens, Get Help
Even if you wear a helmet and follow all safety laws, you may still be injured by a negligent driver. If you suffer a motorcycle accident in the Seattle area, contact Soholm Law Firm, PLLC, at 206-274-9997 or email me for legal advice.