Motorcycle safety has been a much talked about subject for a long time but now, engineers noticed the time has come for them to try out new ways of improving the safety of riders worldwide.
According to many news articles, airbags built in the motorcycles have turned out to be inefficient and quite unsafe. Jackets with an internal system capable of activating an inflatable device via micro sensors are already being manufactured. These sensors detect impact right away so the inflating device will be activated in less than a second and the rider will be protected.
Companies like Alpinestars and Dainese have finally developed this protective jacket and it’s already being sold outside America. For now, the inflatable jackets must be tested properly so American riders can enjoy the new product and the safety it provides.
As a Seattle motorcycle accident attorney I urge all riders to keep an eye on news related to this device. Any extra safety option available for motorcycle riders should be welcome.
Personal injury lawyers are quite familiar with fatalities related to accidents that could have been prevented if only riders had the right protection gear. Come back for more news on this subject.
Reports from the Washington State Patrol and local news say that a 63-year-old man from Amboy was involved in a motorcycle crash on Interstate 205 last Thursday morning. The man was injured and taken to the hospital right after the alleged crash.
He was riding his 2005 Honda motorcycle on I-205 sometime after 10:30 a.m. when he reached south from state Highway 500. Because the traffic was slow he had to promptly slow his vehicle down but the maneuver was unsuccessful.
He fell on the Interstate and according to the reports from the Washington State Patrol, the man suffered a head injury.
A spokesperson for the authorities said that he sustains a satisfactory condition and that he was later cited and then ticketed for following too close to traffic.
As a personal injury lawyer I urge all readers to never follow too close on a highway. Many circumstances can force the traffic to stop abruptly, we should be always alert so preventable accidents won’t cause harm to anybody sharing the road with us.
In a press statement, Harley-Davidson, in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), announced the recall of certain Touring, CVO Touring and Trike motorcycles from model years 2009 through 2012 due to faulty rear brake lights and the possibility of a brake fluid leak that could pose a risk to the rider.
This recall affects roughly 251,000 motorcycles from the model years between 2009 and 2012. It was initiated based off of the discovery that the rear brake light switch might be exposed to excessive heat from the exhaust system. This can result in either the switch not activating the brake lamp when the brakes are applied, or activating the lamp when the braking system is inactive. This exposure to excessive heat from the exhaust system may also result in a leak of brake fluid at the brake light switch, which can affect the performance of the rear brake and increase the risk of an accident. The recalled Harley-Davidsons were manufactured between 6 June 2008 and 16 September 2011.
The company is planning to initiate this safety recall at the end of October and will replace the defect parts at their dealerships for free. No injuries have been reported as a result of this recall.
As a Bellevue motorcycle accident lawyer, I’ve seen recalls of this nature in the past and understand the serious effects they can have consumers. If you’ve been injured through the use of a defective part, speak with a personal injury lawyer in your city to learn more about the legal avenues open to you.
News outlets reported that a motorcyclist sustained moderate injuries in an accident involving a “Ride-the-Duck” amphibious tourist vehicle in Seattle Monday afternoon.
According to authorities, the accident occurred just prior to 2:30pm at the intersection of Third Avenue and Pike Street when the motorcyclist came to a stop in front of the amphibious vehicle at the traffic signal on Pike Street. The amphibious vehicle failed to yield, pulled into the intersection and struck the motorcycle. The biker, reported to be in his 50s, became “entangled” in the undercarriage of the “Ride-the-Duck” vehicle and was dragged across the intersection before coming through the back end of the vehicle. Witnesses found the victim roughly 20 feet from his motorcycle.
Emergency crews transported the motorcyclist to Harborview Medical Center for the treatment of his injuries. He was initially categorized as being in serious condition, but has since been reevaluated to satisfactory condition. Rescue workers stated that, when they arrived at the scene, the man was conscious and had been wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
Authorities are continuing to investigate the accident and have yet to issue any citations.
As an Everett motorcycle accident lawyer, I’ve seen similar accidents in the past and am relieved to learn that this man was not more seriously injured in what could have been a deadly crash. If you’ve been injured in an accident that you believe was the direct result of the negligent actions of another driver, speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area.