Trooper Killed in Conway Crash
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.
Between the years 2006 and 2010, there were 376 motorcycle operators involved in fatal motorcycle accidents in Washington. Of those fatal crashes:
- 185 accidents involved alcohol or drug impairment
- 164 accidents were single vehicle crashes
- 120 motorcyclists were unendorsed to operate their vehicle
- 115 motorcyclists were speeding
- 79 fatal accidents involved no driver errors or impairment
The family of someone killed in a Washington motorcycle accident would be well advised to discuss their legal rights and options with an experienced wrongful death attorney. The at-fault driver can be held accountable for a number of losses, including lost future wages, funeral expenses, and medical costs.
The experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. have a long history of helping victims’ families get fair compensation for their losses. We provide free case evaluations at (888) 228-3860 to anyone who has lost a loved one in a fatal Washington accident.