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A Washington State Patrol motorcycle trooper suffered injuries, including road rash and bruises, when his motorcycle collided with a deer on northbound state Route 101 in Pacific County on Saturday morning.

deer_in_the_headlights.jpgAccording to a report by of Seattle, the 39-year-old trooper was taken to Willapa Harbor Hospital in Raymond.

Motorcyclists are most at risk in deer-motorcycle collisions. According to the Insurance Information Institute, in 2% of car v. deer accidents there is a fatality. However, in nearly 85% of motorcycle v. deer collision, a human is killed.

Elle Jean Powell, 19, of Olympia, died Saturday around 9:30pm after being struck by an ATV at Winchester Bay, Oregon.

According to a report in The Oregonian, Powell was watching an ATV jumping event at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area when she ran into the path of an airborne ATV. Although CPR was performed on Powell, she died of her injuries at the accident scene.

The driver of the ATV was Jonathan Shonk, 21, of Rogue River; he was not injured in the ATV accident.

The National Highway Safety Administration has seven rules for bicycle safety:

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  1. Wear a properly fitted helmet. While there is no state law in Washington requiring you to wear a helmet, many counties including Snohomish, Pierce and King Counties require them.
  2. Assure your bicycle is in good working order — make sure brakes work, handlebars won’t slip, cranks are tightened and the quick release hub bolt closed.
  3. Follow traffic laws — bicyclists must follow the rules of the road the same as drivers of motor vehicles. Washington State law provides that bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists.

The Farber Law Group represents people who have been seriously injured in car accidents, motorcycle accidents and truck accidents. Many of our clients have received injuries so severe that they have spent time in the hospital, suffered a disability, had to have physical therapy or required chiropractic, massage therapy or other types of specialized care over a prolonged period of time.

There is not always a correlation between the severity of the motor vehicle accident and the types of injuries people sustain. Sometimes a car is totaled yet the driver and passenger walk away with little or no injury and other times, what appears to be a minor accident, leaves the victim with serious injuries.

Some of the typical injuries our clients have sustained include:

A 49-year-old motorcyclist from Puyallup was taken to Harborview Medical Center after he crashed off of the Michigan Street overpass and onto Interstate 5 around 11am on Saturday. The injured man’s condition is unknown.

The Tacoma News Tribune reports that the motorcycle accident occurred when the man was changing lanes and he lost control, struck a guardrail and was thrown off the bike and into the HOV lane of the I-5 below. The report does not say that the man was struck by any vehicle.

The WSP says the man was wearing a motorcycle helmet and that his accident does not appear to be caused by drugs or alcohol.

A 50-year-old motorcyclist was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after crashing his motorcycle in Arlington on Sunday night. The man’s condition is listed as serious.

According to the Herald Net of Everett, the man may have been speeding when he lost control of his motorcycle on a curve on Highway 530 at 294th Street NE.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motorcycle accidents and car accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has just released their study regarding the efficacy of antilock brakes for motorcycles. The Institute believes that antilock brakes for motorcycles should be standard on all motorcycles because they reduce fatal motorcycle accidents by up to 37%

An analysis by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) of insurance claims filed after motorcycle accidents found that motorcycles with antilock brakes have 22% fewer accident claims for damage.

kirkland motorcycle accident attorneyIn the past couple of years the number of motorcycle accident fatalities has gone up with more than 5,000 people killed in motorcycle-related accidents in 2008. The number of motorcycle deaths increased at the same time that car accident deaths were at their lowest in 50 years.

A 62-year-old Olympia man was killed in a motorcycle accident at Pacific Raceways track when he lost control of his motorcycle around 10:30am on Sunday.

According to a report in Tacoma’s The News Tribune, the man lost control while traveling at a high speed around a curve and hit a tire barrier. He was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he died.

Pacific Raceways is a located in Kent and is a road racing facility that features a 2.25 mile road course. According to the report, the Washington Motorcycle Road Racing Association canceled their events for the day after the motorcycle accident.

A pastor at the Real Life Family Center in Spanaway, Thom Carlson, 43 of Puyallup, was killed in a motorcycle accident in Roy. According to a report in the Tacoma News Tribune, Carlson was riding his motorcycle in the 32100 block of Eighth Avenue South, when he ran into a vehicle pulling into a parking lot.

Carlson was taken to the hospital where he died of his injuries.

According to the article, speed was a factor in the motorcycle accident.

There is no doubt about it that wearing a helmet saves lives and serious brain injuries when involved in an accident while riding a motorcycle, low-power cycle (LPC) or bicycle in Washington state. Not everyone is clear about who is required to wear a helmet so we will clarify the laws here.

Motorcycle Rider

Washington state law requires all motorcyclists to wear a helmet that has been certified to meet the U.S. Department of Transportation standards. A certified helmet has a DOT sticker on it and an inner lining with approximately 1 inch thickness of foam.

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Low-Power Cycle Rider

Washington state requires all riders of low-power cycles (LPC) to wear a helmet.

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