San Juan County Motorcycle Safety

February 25, 2015

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If you live in Washington, chances are we cover what you ride. Safe Harbor Insurance insures a full spectrum of motorcycles from street cycles, Harley Davidsons, cruisers and touring bikes to dirt bikes and ATVs. People who ride motorcycles are far more likely to get into accidents and far more likely to get hurt than those who drive cars. According to The US Highway Safety Authority, in 2009, 20.2 cars out of 100,000 ended up in fatal crashes; the rate for motorcycles is 66.7 per 100,000.

Don’t sell your motorcycle, just keep safety in mind. Here are a few ideas to make your riding safe and enjoyable. Before you hit the road complete a safety check:

  • Check lights and brakes
  • Check fuel levels
  • Make sure mirrors are adjusted to your level

While on the road be a defensive driver:

  • Follow speed limits
  • Don’t drive impaired
  • Don’t weave through traffic
  • Brake smart

Did you know that 47% of all motorcycle crashes occur at intersections? Or, that on average, three motorcyclists are killed every day in the U.S. as a result of multi-vehicle crashes at intersections? So, be very alert when approaching and driving through intersections.

A motorcycle rider not wearing a helmet is 40% more likely to sustain a fatal head injury in a crash than a rider with a helmet. When cars and motorcycles collide, it is usually because the driver of the car never saw the motorcyclist. With more and bigger cars on the road, you need to take extra steps to become more visible.

Based in Friday Harbor, Safe Harbor Insurance is proud to serve the insurance needs of San Juan County and all of Washington. Let us help you find the right auto, home, life and commercial insurance to meet your personal needs. Contact us now for quick, competitive quotes