Motorcyclists look forward to riding in summer weather all year long – especially in the Pacific Northwest where the weather is so cold and wet several months of the year. While it is certainly fun, it’s important to know that riding a motorcycle comes with its share of risks not shared by other drivers on the road and that summer riding can be especially hazardous. According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, a motorcycle driver is 27 times more likely to die in a crash than a car driver and 80 percent of all motorcycle crashes result in injury or death compared to 20 percent of all passenger car accidents.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle riders are consistently overrepresented in fatal traffic crashes. In 2020 alone, 5,579 motorcyclists were killed in motorcycle accidents. Because motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles, it’s easy for other drivers to miss them in a blind spot or mirror. Adding to the problem, drivers often don’t understand that motorcycles maneuver differently than larger vehicles.Read More
As reported by Whatcom-News.com, a multi-vehicle crash on northbound I-5 at the Nooksack River bridge in Ferndale on Saturday, October 30, 2021, closed the right lane while first responders prepared a motorcyclist for transportation to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center. The motorcyclist suffered serious injuries to the back and wrist after being ejected from their motorcycle in the crash.
Multi-Vehicle Crash in Ferndale, WA Sends Motorcyclist to Hospital
Washington State Patrol (WSP) troopers’ initial investigation of the multi-vehicle injury crash involving five vehicles indicates that a vehicle had slowed or come to a stop in the right lane north of the Nooksack bridge; this slowdown caused a Toyota Corolla to slow down or stop. A motorcycle then crashed into the rear of the Toyota, causing the motorcyclist to fly off their bike and land in front of the Toyota in the right lane. A Dodge Dakota pickup stopped behind the accident, only to be rear-ended by a Chevrolet van. The investigation also determined that both the motorcycle and the Chevrolet were driving too fast. The accident is under ongoing investigation.Read More
As reported by whatcom-news.com, a street race in Bellingham, WA the evening of September 28, led to the death of a 28-year old passenger. A police investigation revealed that first responders were called to the intersection of Woburn, Iowa and Yew Streets after a report of a crash about 8:45 p.m. When they arrived, they found a 2007 Dodge Charger resting on its side after colliding with a tree. According to the report, witnesses reported seeing two cars traveling east on Iowa Street involved in a street race and when they passed the intersection, one of the cars lost control and crashed into a tree.
The 24-year-old driver, who was later transported by ambulance to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center to treat his injuries, was out walking around when police arrived. His 28-year-old passenger stayed in the car with critical injuries and was eventually declared dead at the scene.
According to the report, the driver showed signs of intoxication and the investigation provided probable cause to arrest and charge him with suspicion of vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, and driving while his license was suspended.Read More
People who suffer serious injuries in an accident often lose wages while they take time to recover. This is why lost wages should and can be recovered as part of a car accident settlement. When people are in pain and feeling overwhelmed with their injuries, they may wonder, how do I get my lost wages after an accident?
How do I Get My Lost Wages After a Car Accident in Washington State?
The only way to recover lost wages after an accident is by filing a personal injury claim and proving that you lost wages as a result of the injuries you sustained in the accident. This is often easier said than done. A car accident attorney will help you place a value on your lost wages and gather all the documents you need to prove your losses. They will also walk you through the injury claim process, negotiate on your behalf and file a lawsuit, if necessary. If you are struggling to make ends meet as you work on a full recovery, call an accident lawyer for help. You will pay no fees up front or anything if you do not recover; injury lawyers are compensated out of a percentage of the settlement.Read More