Ferndale WA Man Dead in High-Speed Motorcycle Accident
On July 31, 2018 about 5:40 p.m., a Ferndale, WA man riding a motorcycle crashed into an SUV; the motorcycle accident was caused by high-speed.
High-speed motorcycle accident report
A report by Washington State Patrol (WSP) the next morning named the motorcycle driver as 52-year old Robert L Boyles of Ferndale. He was riding a black 2014 Harley-Davidson FLHR motorcycle southbound on I-5 when he rear-ended a grey 2001 GMC Yukon SUV driven by 44 year-old Travis Tillerson of Sedro Woolley. Tillerson had braked for traffic on the I-5 near the Guide Meridian interchange. Upon impact, Boyles – who was wearing a helmet – was ejected from his motorcycle and landed on the center median. He died at the scene while Tillerson was not injured.
WSP investigators said that neither drugs nor alcohol were determined to be a factor in the motorcycle crash. No charges are pending against the driver of the SUV.
Motorcycle accident statistics
A 2006 report by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), found that 13 out of 100,000 cars on the road end up in fatal crashes compared to 72 per 100,000 registered motorcycles. That means that per mile traveled, motorcycle riders have a 35 times greater chance of dying in a crash than do those riding in a vehicle. Data released in 2005 showed that 4,008 motorcycle riders were killed in the United States in 2004, which was an eight percent increase over fatalities in 2003.
Approximately 50 percent of motorcycle accidents not involving another vehicle occur due to drug or alcohol impairment, sleep deprivation or reckless driving such as excessive speeding. Although these are common causes of other types of motor vehicles accidents as well, motorcyclists are 35 times more vulnerable to serious injury or death than occupants of vehicles who are in a car accident.
Seventy-eight percent of crashes between motorcycles and cars are head-on collisions (only five percent are rear-end collisions) and they account for 56 percent of motorcyclist deaths.
Cars making left hand turns account for 42 percent of all motorcycle accidents involving a car. Cars are most likely to hit a motorcycle when the motorcycle is driving straight through the intersection or when the motorcyclist is passing or trying to overtake the car.
If a car or truck crashes with a motorcycle each party will be held responsible for their fault in the collision. In Washington State, damages are awarded based on contributory fault law which says that you may only be awarded damages proportionate to the percentage of fault contributed by the defendant and nothing for the amount of fault that you contributed.
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