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Using a Motorcycle in Washington

Using a Motorcycle in Washington

Using a Motorcycle in WashingtonIf you are using a motorcycle in Washington, then you need to know the laws you are subject to follow.  You are entitled to the use the full lane on the road you are traveling in.  No other vehicle is permitted to disrupt your use of the lane.  You may lawfully pass other vehicles; however, you are not permitted to pass other vehicles in the same lane you are traveling in, except for pedestrians and bicyclists so long as you provide a distance of at least three feet.

While riding on the motorcycle you must ride upon the permanent and regular seat attached.  You are not permitted to have a passenger on the motorcycle unless your bike was designed for more than one person.  You are not permitted to attach yourself or your motorcycle to another vehicle on a roadway.

While operating a motorcycle you should be aware of your surroundings, obey all traffic laws, control devices and speed limits.  This will help protect you and others from injury as you go for a ride.

Additional rules and requirements for operating a motorcycle are as follows:

RCW 46.61.608: Operating motorcycles on roadways laned for traffic.

  • All motorcycles are entitled to full use of a lane and no motor vehicle shall be driven in such a manner as to deprive any motorcycle of the full use of a lane. This subsection shall not apply to motorcycles operated two abreast in a single lane.
  • The operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken. However, this subsection shall not apply when the operator of a motorcycle overtakes and passes a pedestrian or bicyclist while maintaining a safe passing distance of at least three feet.
  • No person shall operate a motorcycle between lanes of traffic or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles.
  • Motorcycles shall not be operated more than two abreast in a single lane.
  • Subsections (2) and (3) of this section shall not apply to police officers in the performance of their official duties.

RCW 46.61.610: Riding on motorcycles.

A person operating a motorcycle shall ride only upon the permanent and regular seat attached thereto, and such operator shall not carry any other person nor shall any other person ride on a motorcycle unless such motorcycle is designed to carry more than one person, in which event a passenger may ride upon the permanent and regular seat if designed for two persons, or upon another seat firmly attached to the motorcycle at the rear or side of the operator. However, the motorcycle must contain foot pegs or be equipped with an additional bucket seat and seat belt meeting standards prescribed under 49 C.F.R. Part 571 for each person such motorcycle is designed to carry.

RCW 46.61.611: Motorcycles—Maximum height for handlebars.

No person shall operate on a public highway a motorcycle in which the handlebars or grips are more than thirty inches higher than the seat or saddle for the operator.

RCW 46.61.612: Riding on motorcycles—Position of feet.

No person shall ride a motorcycle in a position where both feet are placed on the same side of the motorcycle.

RCW 46.61.613: Motorcycles—Temporary suspension of restrictions for parades or public demonstrations.

The provisions of RCW 46.37.530 and 46.61.610 through 46.61.612 are temporarily suspended with respect to the operation of motorcycles on a closed road during a parade or public demonstration that has been permitted by a local jurisdiction

RCW 46.61.614: Riding on motorcycles—Clinging to other vehicles.

No person riding upon a motorcycle shall attach himself or herself or the motorcycle to any other vehicle on a roadway.

What Should I Do If I Have Been Injured in a Car Accident?

If you have been injured in a car accident in the Tri-Cities, Washington, then you need an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney on your side.  The attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm provide a free consultation to discuss your case.  The law firm of Parke Gordon believes that every client deserves fair representation, not just the big insurance companies.   Call (509) 582-7274 today to get started on your car accident case.

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Leading Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Leading Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Leading Causes of Motorcycle AccidentsAn estimated 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in a motorcycle accident in 2015 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In addition, these motorcycle accident accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2015. Here are some of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents. By being aware of these causes could potentially help you to avoid a motorcycle accident.

Splitting Lanes

Often when traffic is heavy, a motorcyclist may decide to drive between lanes. Or a motorcyclist may decide to drive between cars moving slowly. Lane splitting is one of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents. Here are a few reasons why lane splitting should be avoided:

  • Other drivers don’t normally expect a motorcyclist to split lanes.
  • Less space to maneuver.
  • Other vehicles are closer to the motorcycle.

Road Hazards

A driver of a motorcycle or vehicle should always be aware of road hazards. Road hazards include: uneven lanes, potholes, dead animals or anything else sitting in the lane. Hitting a road hazard could be deadly for a motorcyclist.

Driving Too Fast

It is always dangerous to speed no matter what you are driving. Driving fast on a motorcycle is a great temptation for many. However, most motorcycle accidents are caused by excessive speeding.

Intoxicated Drivers

Driving under the influence of alcohol is never okay but even worse on a motorcycle. Almost half of all motorcycle accidents are caused by drunk drivers.

Left Turn

A common place for a motorcycle accident to take place is in an intersection. Since motorcycles are smaller and harder to see, they often go unseen when turning. A motorcyclist could also be hit by a vehicle turning left. Be aware and cautious of other drivers turning when driving a motorcycle.

Hire a Motorcycle Accident Attorney at Parke Gordon Law Firm

If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, call personal injury attorney Mat Parke for a free consultation. The attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm have handled many motorcycle accident cases. Our law firm believes every client deserves fair representation, not just big insurance companies with deep pockets. Call our Tri-Cities law office today at (509) 582-7274.

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Richland Man Injured in a Motorcycle Accident

Richland Man Injured in a Motorcycle Accident

Richland Man Injured in a Motorcycle AccidentA Richland man was injured in a motorcycle accident when his motorcycle hit the guardrail. The man was traveling west on Interstate 182 when he took the exit onto the highway. Washington State Police reported the Richland man was traveling too fast and lost control of the motorcycle. The injured man was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation of his injuries. State patrol said charges are still pending for the incident.

Biggest Potential Dangers to Motorcyclists

One of the biggest dangers to a motorcyclist while traveling down the road is going to fast around a curve and losing control of the bike. Here are some other top dangers for motorcyclists to be aware of.

  1. Cars changing lanes. Many car accidents or motorcycle accidents occur when a vehicle changes lanes before seeing the motorcyclist. Pay attention to vehicles signaling into your lane to avoid being hit on a motorcycle.
  2. Drivers behind you. When in traffic even slow-moving vehicles become a threat to a motorcyclist. Vehicles are much closer together in traffic. If someone bumps into a motorcycle, it will most likely knock the rider off regardless of how fast the car was moving.
  3. Drinking while driving. Like in a car, drinking impairs judgement and slows reaction time. Never drink and drive.
  4. Roads are more slick, visibility is harder and other vehicles splash water on you when it is raining. Weather conditions on a motorcycle can be pretty miserable and much more dangerous.
  5. Gravel or debris on the road. Gravel takes away the grip on your motorcycle tires. Many motorcycle wrecks occur from unseen gravel. If you do hit some gravel, fall low on your side if possible for less injury.
  6. Car doors opening. While driving down a road with cars parked on the side of the street a motorcyclist has the potential to be hit by someone opening their car door.
  7. Fast stops. The front wheel of a motorcycle provides 70% of the brake power to stop. When having to brake fast, a motorcyclist is at risk of throwing themselves off the front of the bike. Make sure to know how your motorcycle handles heavy braking so you are prepared for this type of emergency situation.
  8. When stopped at a red light, distracted drivers often cause rear-end car accidents due to not paying enough attention. Unlike in a car, motorcycles don’t have a bumper or a seatbelt so the accident is usually more severe even at low speeds.
  9. Speeding through a turn. The thrill of riding a motorcycle fast can be fun but it is also a danger. Most motorcyclist don’t have a problem when traveling on a straight road but it can take extra practice to motion through a turn. Slow down and be safe.

Injured in a Motorcycle Accident

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, call the attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm in Tri-Cities to settle your case. The experienced and trusted attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm will fight aggressively to get you every penny you are owed. Call the law office of Parke Gordon Law Firm in Kennewick today for a free consultation. We can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case. This is your opportunity to talk to an experienced attorney about your case for free. In fact, you pay nothing until your case is settled. Call (509) 582-7274.

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Mayor of Pasco Changed His Hobby After a Motorcycle Accident

Mayor of Pasco Changed His Hobby After a Motorcycle Accident

Mayor of Pasco Changed His Hobby After a Motorcycle AccidentThe mayor of Pasco changed his hobby after a motorcycle accident with a sheep in 2015. Pasco Mayor Matt Watkins suffered significant personal injuries after a motorcycle accident in Wyoming. Injuries included cracked ribs, a broken clavicle and some cuts. Watkins was flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital to be evaluated for injuries. Since the accident, Watkins has decided to pursue other hobbies so he took up flying. NBC Right Now News reports he hopes to travel the world when his term has ended.

How to Avoid a Motorcycle Accident with Animals

The motorcycle accident attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm in Tri-Cities hope every motorcyclist can be safe while riding. Animals can be just as dangerous to motorcyclists as other vehicles on the road. Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you come across an animal standing in the middle of the road while riding a motorcycle.

  1. Make lots of noise. If you sense an animal maybe near by make as much noise as you can to scare the animal away.
  2. Use your headlights. If an animal is standing in the road in front of you, turn on your high beams. Hopefully this will scare them away.
  3. Watch the road signs. Areas populated with animals will typically have warning signs on the side of the road. Pay attention to these and slow down.
  4. Remember animals often travel in herds. If you see one animal, it’s likely there are more nearby so watch out.
  5. Be cautious around wild animals. If the animal is not being scared away, turn around and go another way. It is not worth the risk to confront an animal.

Hire a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Parke Gordon

The personal injury attorneys at Parke Gordon in Tri-Cities understand what is needed to help a motorcycle accident victim. We are well known, trusted and experienced attorneys serving the Tri-Cities area including Kennewick, Pasco, Richland and other surrounding areas. If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, call our law office for a free consultation with a motorcycle accident attorney. We can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case. Call now at (509) 582-7274.

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Our Tri-Cities, Washington law office provides legal services to injury clients in and surrounding Tri-Cities, including clients injured in accidents in Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland, Washington. Visit or call our Tri-Cities office now. Parke Gordon LLC 8905 W Gage Blvd, #200 Kennewick, WA 99336 Phone:(509) 582-7274

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Motorcycle Accident Caused from Inattention

Motorcycle Accident Caused from Inattention

Motorcycle Accident Caused from InattentionWashington State Patrol is saying a motorcycle accident caused from inattention occurred in Richland near Columbia Center Boulevard. The motorcyclist reportedly missed a curve while turning onto Columbia Center Boulevard. A curb was hit by the motorcycle and crashed. The driver was wearing a helmet at the time of the motorcycle accident. However, the driver was taken to a medical center for evaluation of injuries from the incident. Charges are pending.

Motorcycle Accidents Are Usually Caused by Other Drivers

Richland motorcycle accident lawyers at Parke Gordon handle many cases such as this. Distracted drivers or drivers not paying attention are all too common. Usually motorcycle accidents occur from other cars not paying attention. A person driving in a vehicle are more protected in an accident with airbags and being surrounded by a heavy metal frame. When riding on a motorcycle, every accident is serious. No matter how safe the motorcyclist is being, they can still be easily hit by a distracted driver. Some common reasons other drivers are to blame for motorcycle accidents include:

  • Following too close
  • Lane drifting
  • Aggressive driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Failing to watch out for motorcycles
  • Drunk driving

How Motorcycle Lawyer Mat Parke Helps Motorcycle Accident Victims

If you’ve recently been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact Kennewick motorcycle accident lawyer Mat Parke. Mat is a Harvard law grad with years of experience representing motorcycle accident victims. The Richland motorcycle accident lawyers at Parke Gordon know you do everything you can to stay safe while on your motorcycle. That’s why our motorcycle lawyers fight big insurance companies to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve. Call our Tri-Cities office today at (509) 528-7274 for a free consultation.

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Our Tri-Cities, Washington law office provides legal services to injury clients in and surrounding Tri-Cities, including clients injured in accidents in Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland, Washington. Visit or call our Tri-Cities office now. Parke Gordon LLC 8905 W Gage Blvd, #200 Kennewick, WA 99336 Phone:(509) 582-7274

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