Washington Motorcycle Accident Attorney Urges Drivers To Pay Attention To Motorcycles

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With statistics showing that motorcycle fatalities are on the rise in Washington state, motorcyclists and other drivers need to pay more attention to each other and follow safe driving practices, says Washington accident and injury lawyer Dean Brett.

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Washington personal injury attorney Dean Brett

With May being national Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, it’s a good time for us to remind motorcyclists and other drivers about how to share the road safely.

Washington motorcycle accident lawyer Dean Brett said he was disturbed to see that Washington state has gone against the national trend and experienced a slight rise in deadly motorcycle crashes in 2010, according to preliminary data from the Governors Highway Safety Association.

In a recently issued report containing statistics from the first nine months of 2010, the GHSA found that motorcycle accident deaths had declined by 2 percent nationally, dropping from 4,465 fatalities recorded in the first nine months of 2009 to 4,376.

However, Washington experienced a minor increase, going from 63 deaths in the first nine months of 2009 to 65 during the same time span in 2010. Twenty other states saw an increase in fatal motorcycle accidents as well.

“We’re going in the opposite direction that we should be going in when it comes to reducing motorcycle deaths, and that’s alarming,” said Brett, a founding partner of the Washington personal injury law firm, Brett & Coats, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, which represents Washington motorcycle crash victims and their families throughout Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham and Spokane in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.

“This report should serve as a wake-up call,” Brett said. “With May being national Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, it’s a good time for us to remind motorcyclists and other drivers about how to share the road safely.”

Motorcyclists can prevent fatal wrecks by making sure their motorcycles are properly maintained, driving carefully in poor weather conditions or congested traffic and wearing proper safety equipment, including helmets, Brett said.

But drivers of cars and trucks bear some responsibility as well, he said.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s last major study of the causes of motorcycle crashes, commonly called The Hurt Report, the failure of other motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the leading cause of motorcycle accidents.

“Drivers may not notice motorcycles, and by the time they do, it may be too late to avoid a collision,” Brett said. “Unfortunately, because motorcyclists lack protection, their injuries can be catastrophic if not fatal.

“That’s why it’s important to promote motorcycle awareness. We need to remind drivers to check for motorcycles before turning at intersections or changing lanes, and we need to stress the importance of leaving space for motorcycles so that they can be safely operated.”

When a motorcycle rider is seriously injured due to another’s negligence or recklessness, it’s important to contact an experienced Washington motorcycle accident attorney, Brett said.

“At Brett & Coats, our personal injury attorneys strive to return victims of motorcycle accidents to the life they led before their crash and injury,” Brett said. “Even though securing compensation can’t change the past, it can help to pay for medical bills, lost wages and other expenses and help victims and their families to move forward with their lives.”

About Brett & Coats

Brett & Coats, Personal Injury Attorneys, PLLC is a Washington personal injury law firm with offices in Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham and Spokane. The firm represents car accident victims, including those injured in DUI/DWI accidents, and other personal injury victims throughout the state of Washington. The firm’s practice areas also include motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, boating accidents, construction accidents, railroad collisions and aviation crashes. For more information, call the firm at (800) 925-1875 or use its online contact form.

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