Motorcycle accidents on rise in Washington state

The Washington State Patrol reports that fatal motorcycle accidents are on the rise in Washington state. The WSP, in a media release, is urging motorcyclists to be more cautions.

In the past few weeks we have seen the following motorcycle accident reports:

  • August 25: Four motorcyclists crashed in East Wenatchee while riding in a group of 50 when they were not able to slow down in time for a stopped vehicle.
  • August 24: A motorcyclist from Calgary, Alberta, crashed his motorcycle into a pickup truck and was hit by another motorcyclist south of Tonasket on Highway 97. Two people were injured.
  • August 22: A Kent man was hit and killed by when his motorcycle was hit by an 18-year-old drunk driver.
  • August 19: A Spokane woman was killed when she collided with another cyclist on Highway 153 near Brewster.
  • August 2: A 31-year-old Kennewick man lost control of his motorcycle and hit a tree off of Highway 397.

The WSP reports that more than half of the fatal motorcycle accidents are single-vehicle collisions. The top causes of motorcycle accidents are traveling at excessive speed, driving while under the effects of alcohol, lane changing errors and driver inattention. Over the past three years, in 72% of fatal motorcycle accidents, the rider was found to be at fault.

Of course, not all motorcycle accidents are the fault of the rider. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, you may need the assistance of a Seattle motorcycle accident lawyer who will aggressively represent you so that you will be fairly compensated for your damages and for pain and suffering. Injured accident victims need to recover compensation for medical bills for surgeries, rehabilitation, living costs while not able to work and also repairs to the motorcycle.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.