Motorcycle Accidents

Injuries Common in Seattle Rear End Motorcycle Accidents

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 8, 2016

Every time a motorcyclist gets onto their bike and hits the road, they are at risk for bodily injury. Motorcycles don’t offer the same buffer zone that other vehicles have. There’s no steel frame surrounding them, and other than their helmet, they have very little protection. Of all the accidents that can occur between a motorcycle and another vehicle, one in which they get rear-ended can be the worst.

When another vehicle comes from behind, a motorcyclist has no way of preparing for the accident, such as bracing for impact or even trying to move out of the way. Injuries can be much greater to the motorcyclist as well, as they can easily be thrown off their bike, and even into the path of another car. Because of this, there are three injuries most common in Seattle rear end motorcycle accidents. Read the rest »

Woman Killed in Seattle Motorcycle Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 21, 2015

A man has been charged with vehicular homicide after being involved in a fatal motorcycle accident while allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine. According to a Seattle Times news report, the fatal motorcycle crash happened in Burien.  Read the rest »

Seattle Motorcyclist Killed on I-5 Near JBLM

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 16, 2015

Motorcycle AccidentsAt the end of November, a Seattle resident was unfortunately killed in an accident here in Seattle. The 76-year-old rider died in a motorcycle accident that happened on Interstate 5. According to witnesses, the man lost control of his motorcycle and fell off. While trying to get back on his bike, he was struck by a semi-truck. The accident happened near the main gate of Joint Base Lewis–McChord (JBLM). Read the rest »

Renton Motorcycle Officer Injured in Head-On Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 16, 2015

Bicycle Accident

According to a Q13 Fox news report, the motorcycle accident happened in Renton on Lind Avenue SW. Officials say the head-on collision happened when a Subaru Outback was starting to make a turn. The motorcycle officer suffered bone fractures and will need surgery. It’s unclear if the driver of the Subaru will face charges. Investigators don’t suspect that alcohol or drugs lead to the crash. Read the rest »

Tips for Seattle Motorists to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 17, 2015

MotorcyclistMotorcyclists are much more likely to suffer serious and even fatal injuries in a crash than car or truck drivers. In fact, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to be involved in a deadly accident than car drivers. It’s important for motorcyclists to be careful at all times, and for car drivers to look out for nearby motorcyclists. Read the rest »

Motorcyclist Killed in Skagit County Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 10, 2014

A 56-year-old man was killed in a Washington motorcycle accident when his vehicle slammed into a highway guardrail. According to KOMO news report, the fatal motorcycle crash occurred along State Route 20 at an on-ramp to the southbound I-5 in Burlington. Officials say he was unable to negotiate the curve and went off the road and across both lanes before striking the guardrail. Investigators say that his helmet was not the type approved by the Department of Transportation. He died at the scene.

It is unclear from the report if the victim could have survived had he been wearing a DOT-approved motorcycle helmet. Not all helmets are created equal and many are simply not strong enough to prevent catastrophic or fatal injuries. Under Washington law, all riders must wear a helmet that has been certified as meeting the standards of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). These helmets have an easy to recognize sticker on the back as well as on the inside. Read the rest »

Seattle Police Officer Injured in Motorcycle Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 26, 2013

Seattle Motorcycle AccidentA Seattle police motorcycle officer was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash involving another vehicle. According to a KOMO news report, the collision occurred near the intersection of Occidental Avenue South and South Lander Street. Police say traffic was stopped on Lander for a train crossing and some cars began making a U-turn rather than waiting for the train to finish crossing.

One driver in an SUV, while making a U-turn, failed to see the motorcycle officer and crashed into him. Another person, who was in the car behind that driver, rushed into action and used the police officer’s radio to get help. The 57-year-old officer was transported to Harborview Medical Center where he has been listed in serious but stable condition. He suffered broken bones. No charges or citations were reported. Read the rest »

Two Motorcyclists Killed in Separate Viaduct Crashes in Seattle

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 1, 2013

Two motorcyclists were killed in two separate incidents that took place within 24 hours of each other on the Alaskan Way Viaduct, according to a KOMO News report. Police say in one case, the motorcyclist was heading north when he hit a guardrail and was ejected from his motorcycle near Seneca Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A day earlier, another 30-year-old motorcyclist was killed when he crashed on the viaduct and fell to his death. It is unclear what caused the crash, but the motorcyclist was thrown from his bike and went over the side of the viaduct landing on Railroad Avenue. A witness told officials that the rider’s helmet flew off his head after the impact. Read the rest »

Motorcyclist Injured in I-405 Accident

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 12, 2013

Seattle Motorcycle AccidentA 24-year-old motorcyclist was injured in a Seattle motorcycle accident that resulted in him being trapped underneath a car. According to a news report in The Renton Reporter, the motorcycle accident occurred just south of the Sunset Boulevard Northeast overpass on northbound I-405 during the afternoon. Officials say he was attempting to change lanes on his motorcycle when he collided with an Audi station wagon. He was then struck by a Chevrolet Impala and trapped underneath. The Renton man was transported to a Seattle medical center in serious condition. The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.

Changing lanes without first taking the necessary precautionary measures can put you and others at great risk. According to Washington Statute 46.61.305: “No person shall turn a vehicle or move right or left upon a roadway unless and until such movement can be made with reasonable safety nor without giving an appropriate signal in the manner hereinafter provided.” In other words, drivers must only change lanes when it is reasonably safe to do so. Read the rest »

Trooper Killed in Conway Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 10, 2013

A week after the Skagit Bridge collapse, a 38-year-old Washington State Patrol trooper was killed when a box truck struck his motorcycle along the I-5 detour route at Fir Island Road and Greenfield Road in Conway. According to King 5 News, officials say the trooper was on his motorcycle a few miles south of the bridge when the box truck struck him. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Collisions involving motorcyclists often result in devastating or fatal injuries. According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, there were 69 motorcycle fatalities reported in the state of Washington in the year 2010. During that same year, 3.07 out of every 10,000 registered motorcycles were involved in a fatal crash. Read the rest »

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Wrongful Death$1,925,000
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Rollover Accident$1,925,000
Rollover Accident
resulting in wrongful death.
Wrongful Death$1,625,000
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from highway design defect.
Car Accident$595,000
Car Accident
injuries to 47-year-old woman.
Wrongful Death$460,695
Wrongful Death
oncoming traffic accident.
Rear-End Collision$450,000
Rear-End Collision
resulting in lower back injury.
Car Accident$390,000
Car Accident
resulting in fractured leg.
Car Sideswipe$390,000
Car Sideswipe
resulting in injured back.
Head-On Collision$372,000
Head-On Collision
resulting in fractured pelvis.
Car Accident$360,000
Car Accident
resulting in lower back injury.
Car Accident$275,000
Car Accident
resulting in jaw fracture.
Overturned Truck$230,000
Overturned Truck
resulting in broken ribs.
Head-On Collision$230,000
Head-On Collision
resulting in shoulder injury.
Motorcycle Accident$225,000
Motorcycle Accident
resulting in leg fracture.

Written by Joseph Pendergast, this book is designed to help people who have suffered a personal injury understand their rights and the steps to take to be sure they get the compensation they deserve.

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