Washington State Patrol concerned over five fatal motorcycle accidents already in 2009

It’s only February 22, 2009 and Washington State has already had its fifth fatal motorcycle accident. In a press release, the Washington State Patrol (WSP) says that they are “alarmed over the high number of fatal crashes occurring so early in 2009.” They are hoping this not a trend. Over the last few years, they have seen an increase in motorcycle fatalities: 66 fatal accidents in 2007 and 75 in 2008.

lynnwood motorcycle accident lawyerLast year, the WSP investigated 584 motorcycle accidents and issued citations or warnings to 4,409 motorcycle riders for excessive speed.

When the WSP and the Washington Traffic Safety commission analyze motorcycle accident statistics, they find that in accidents involving just a single vehicle, excessive speed is the number one cause of accidents followed by driving under the influence and the inability to stay in the lane. In fatal motorcycle accidents, around 40% of the riders were found to be under the influence of alcohol.

In Washington State, motorcycle riders are required to have a motorcycle endorsement. The WSP found that in 34% of motorcycle fatalities, the rider did not have the required endorsement. To get an endorsement a motorcycle rider must:

  • Pass a motorcycle knowledge test and pass a motorcycle riding test. Or,
  • Complete an approved rider course at a motorcycle training school.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motorcycle accidents and the families of those killed. The Farber Law Group handles motorcycle accident cases on a contingent fee basis. This means we do not charge you attorneys fees unless we recover compensation for you.

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