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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 »