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Motorcycle Accidents

The Legal Difference Between Mopeds and Motorcycles

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 21, 2020

Anyone who passes a moped or motorcycle on the road may lump them in the same categories. They both use two wheels, they are both fuel-efficient, and they both get lost in blind spots. The differences between mopeds and motorcycles may seem minute to the driver of a passenger vehicle, but to riders, the difference could mean the world. In fact, in the state of Washington, how your vehicle is categorized under state law can determine the rules of the road you must follow, the equipment you have to use, and your abilities to file a claim.

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New Motorcycle Helmet Law Proposed in Washington State

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 31, 2019

Washington state is one of 19 states in the U.S.A. to have a universal helmet law. This means, every rider of a motorcycle, scooter, or low-motor motorcycle is required to wear a helmet. Yet, under proposed Washington Senate Bill 5007 (SB 5007) and companion House Bill 1125 (HB 1125), a new law to test motorcycle helmet use for three years could allow motorcycle users over 21 to forego the helmets and enjoy the freedom of riding a motorcycle helmet-free. Read the rest »

How to Stay Safe on Your Motorcycle

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 3, 2019

There’s no question that riding a motorcycle can be one of the most thrilling experiences possible. Unfortunately, when you’re out on the road, it can also be one of the most dangerous. Because motorcycles don’t provide the same type of protection that cars do, motorcyclists are far more likely to suffer from severe and sometimes fatal injuries in an accident. Let’s talk prevention. Read the rest »

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. 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

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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 »

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