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Riding a motorcycle is a great way to enjoy the natural beauty of an ocean or lake coastline and to feel the wind in your hair and the sense of freedom that riding can give. However, that sense of freedom also unfortunately means that in the event of an accident, you are more vulnerable and unprotected. Unlike a car, a motorcycle has no seat belt, no airbags, and no outer body to protect you during a collision. That’s why, if you ride, it’s important to understand how motorcycle accidents happen and how to protect yourself from serious injuries should you become involved in one.

Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Injuries that are sustained in a motorcycle accident are usually severe. They include a variety of injuries that require long recovery periods or may even be permanently disabling, like broken bones, scarring and disfigurement, or serious head and spinal cord injuries. Some of these injuries may cause partial or full paralysis, altering the accident victim’s life forever. Traumatic brain injuries from a motorcycle accident can lead to permanent cognitive impairment and seriously reduced earning capacity. After a serious motorcycle accident, the rider’s life is often never the same again.

Ways to Protect Yourself

Riding a motorcycle safely means a lifetime commitment to following the safety rules and staying up-to-date with the latest motorcycle laws and regulations. Regardless of whether or not it’s required by the law, all who ride motorcycles should wear a helmet. A helmet is estimated to be 37% effective in preventing a fatal injury, and it also goes a long way toward protecting the rider from serious brain damage. Riders must especially be careful at intersections, where many accidents occur, and avoid using drugs or alcohol when on the road. Watching out for poor road conditions like potholes or wet pavement is also important. For the inexperienced rider, a safety course is essential before trying to ride.  For those more experienced but who’ve been away for awhile, a refresher course is needed.

Call to Schedule a Free Consultation With a Seattle Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today

If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident, call to schedule a free consultation with a Seattle motorcycle accident attorney today. The professional legal experts at the law offices of Gosanko & O’Halloran, PLLC serve the Seattle, Washington area. We understand how much a serious motorcycle accident injury can change your life and will work hard to get you the compensation you need. Check out our web page at gosankoohalloran.com or give us a call at 206-275-0700 and let us be your legal voice during this challenging time.