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Motorcycle Accidents

Off-Duty Deputy Injured in King County Motorcycle Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 3, 2013

A 47-year-old off-duty King County Sheriff’s deputy has been critically injured in a Washington motorcycle accident. According to The News Tribune, the motorcycle crash occurred in the 7500 block of 176th Street East near Frederickson. Officials are searching for witnesses to the crash, which they suspect involved a white van making a U-turn in front of the motorcycle. No other vehicles were found at the scene of the crash, but skid marks indicated that the deputy had to stop abruptly. The victim has been listed in critical condition.

Washington law clearly defines what constitutes an illegal U-turn. Under RCW 46.61.295: “The driver of any vehicle shall not turn such vehicle so as to proceed in the opposite direction unless such movement can be made in safety and without interfering with other traffic.” Furthermore, U-turns are not allowed on curves or hills where visibility is limited. Read the rest »

Three Motorcyclists Killed in Washington Crashes

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 14, 2013

Three people were killed in two separate motorcycle accidents that both occurred on Highway 101 in Western Washington over the weekend. The Seattle Times reports that the first fatal motorcycle crash involved a collision between two people on a motorcycle and an oncoming car north of Shelton. Officials say a 48-year-old man from Graham and a 50-year-old woman from Spanaway were killed in that crash. The following afternoon, two motorcycles collided head-on on a curve south of Quilcene. In that crash, a 26-year-old Lacey man died at the scene and a 45-year-old man from Port Hadlock was airlifted to a nearby medical center.

These fatal crashes are a tragic reminder of the common nature of Washington motorcycle accidents. Since May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, this is a good time for all motorcycle riders and car drivers to remember to share the road. Fatal motorcycle crashes can happen at any time and they often result in devastating injuries. Read the rest »

Motorcyclist Injured in Seattle Multi-Car Collision

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

A motorcyclist suffered a serious leg injury in a recent Seattle crash after being ejected from his vehicle. According to The Seattle Times, the car accident occurred on the northbound I-5 near Northeast 145th Street in Seattle. Officials say a white vehicle hit a tan vehicle, which then struck the motorcyclist. The motorcycle rider suffered a severe leg injury and two others suffered minor injuries. It is unclear which driver was responsible for the crash or if anyone will be cited for the collision.

According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission:

  • A total of 69 motorcyclists were killed in Washington accidents in the year 2010.
  • Speed was a contributing factor in 35 of those motorcyclist fatalities and 32 motorcyclists were killed in DUI collisions.
  • During that same year, an average of 3.07 motorcyclists were killed for every 10,000 registered motorcycles.
  • The most common time of day for fatal accidents is during rush hour traffic between 3 p.m. and 5:59 p.m. Read the rest »

Motorcycle Passenger Killed in Skagit during Collision with Car

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

A 55-year-old Sedro-Woolley woman was killed in a Washington accident when a car struck the motorcycle on which she was a passenger. According to a news report in The Seattle Times, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred on Cook Road just outside Sedro-Woolley in Skagit. Officials say the motorcycle was stopped to turn left when a 2001 Honda Accord failed to stop and crashed into it. The motorcyclist was treated at the hospital with unknown injuries and the female passenger was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The 76-year-old driver responsible for the crash was booked on suspicion of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.

Under Washington Statute 46.61.520, “A driver is guilty of vehicular homicide if the driver was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, while driving in a reckless manner or when driving with disregard for the safety of others.” Individuals arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide can face life-changing penalties. Read the rest »

Seattle Motorcycle Accident Leaves Rider Critically Injured

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 12, 2012

A Seattle motorcyclist was critically injured in a crash on Dexter Avenue recently, according to an article in The Seattle Times.

The man was riding on Dexter Avenue near Aloha Street when the accident occurred, say investigators. His motorcycle collided with a Mazda sportscar; the force of the crash threw the bike’s rider to the pavement. The motorcycle crashed into a nearby parked car.

The motorcyclist was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment of his injuries, and he remains there in critical condition. Three passengers in the sports car were also treated for injuries, but they did not suffer life-threatening harm and are expected to recover. Read the rest »

Washington Becomes First State to Try New Motorcycle Test Standards

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 5, 2012

WA Motorcyclist TestWashington has become the first U.S. state to test out a new system for motorcycle testing and licensing that is based on recent nationwide research of motorcycle accidents and safety issues.

The new test includes elements that focus on curves. Research indicates that most fatal motorcycle accidents and motorcycle crash injuries occur when motorcyclists are attempting to navigate curves. As a result, the new test includes elements that require riders to demonstrate their competence in navigating tight turns while on the bike. Read the rest »

Motorcycle-SUV Crash on Highway 2 Leaves One Dead

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 21, 2012

A 24-year-old motorcyclist lost his life recently when his bike collided with a sport utility vehicle (SUV) on Highway 2, according to a recent news report by KXLY.

When the accident occurred, the motorcyclist was heading west on Highway 2 going to Fairchild Air Force Base, where he served as an airman and was enrolled in the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) training school. He was near South Hayford Road when an SUV pulled out from the local mall into the road directly ahead of him. Read the rest »

Washington Winter Safety: Tips for Safe Motorcycle Riding

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 13, 2012

Motorcycle enthusiasts enjoy motorcycle riding in every season. However, riding a motorcycle during the winter months may present more dangers than at other times of the year due to inclement weather and slippery roads. The following are a few tips for motorcyclists to help stay safe when riding this winter season:

For Your Motorcycle:

  • Check to make sure your motorcycle’s battery can withstand winter weather, and be sure to keep it charged.
  • If your bike doesn’t already have one, get a windshield to protect you from severe wind chill. Also, using the proper oil in your bike should be a top priority.
  • If you are a rider with a liquid-cooled bike, make sure that the reading on the anti-freeze is sufficient for the temperatures you’ll likely be encountering.
  • Make sure to have a qualified mechanic inspect your bike before winter riding. Read the rest »

Washington State Patrol Trooper Injured in Motorcycle Accident

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 24, 2011

A Washington State Patrol trooper suffered severe injuries in a motorcycle crash on Highway 9 in Clearview recently, according to an article in the Everett Herald. He has been able to speak briefly to his family but is still in the intensive care unit in a local hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. He has been a trooper with the state patrol for the past two decades.

The trooper was riding his motorcycle along Highway 9 when he crashed with a minivan, which had stopped to avoid another vehicle trying to turn left off the highway onto 172nd Street. The minivan’s driver and two passengers, all Kirkland residents, were not injured in the motorcycle crash in Washington. Rescue workers rushed the state trooper to a local medical center to stabilize him, then took him to Harborview Medical Center for additional care. He is expected to recover, but may require a great deal of rehabilitation and assistance before his recovery is complete. Read the rest »

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