December 22, 2009

Kirk Bernard Addresses 7 Most Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

A recent Articlebase post by Kirk Bernard discusses the 7 most common motorcycle accident injuries. For motorcycle enthusiasts, there is nothing quite like hitting the open road. Motorcycles offer a sense of freedom that cars and trucks simply can’t. Because motorcyclists aren’t as protected as those who drive cars, however, accidents typically result in more severe injuries. In discussing the catastrophic consequences of spinal cord injury, disfigurement, and emotional trauma, the article acts as a way to heighten the awareness of motorists and motorcyclists of these risks in hopes that less serious motorcycle accident injuries will take place.

To learn more about motorcycle accident injuries to help prevent them from taking place, please refer to the full article.

December 10, 2009

Mason County Motorcycle vs. Deer Accident Results in Serious Injuries

Motorcycle accidents throughout the State of Washington have been known to occur for various reasons. Most collisions involving motorcycles have to do with the inattention or negligent driving on the part of a motorist other than the motorcyclist. Other accidents have been known to be caused by dangerous road conditions, inclement weather, or even a defective motorcycle part or auto part of another vehicle involved in an accident. Aside from these more obvious causes, incidents involving animals, such as deer in the road, are another unfortunate cause of vehicular accidents.

According to a kitsapsun.com article, a Port Orchard motorcyclist hit a deer recently while riding in Mason County. The motorcyclist and his rider suffered serious injuries after being thrown from the bike, which slid approximately 25 yards, after striking the deer. Apparently, alcohol was involved in the accident, and a Washington State Patrol report even mentions that the 55-year-old motorcyclist may face vehicular assault charges since his passenger was injured. The report did not mention any other cause contributing to the accident.

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October 26, 2009

Kirk Bernard of the Bernard Law Group Announces $425,500.00 Settlement in Washington Motorcycle Injury Case

PRWEB announced on October 22, 2009 that Kirk Bernard, founding partner of The Bernard Law Group, declared that partner and personal injury attorney Elizabeth Lindquist reached a settlement at mediation in September 2009 for $425,500 in a Washington motorcycle accident injury case. This news reflects a successful outcome for a motorcycle passenger who suffered a burst facture of her lower back due to a negligent motorist that drove past a stop sign, pulled into an intersection, and directly into the path of the motorcycle. Now that the female plaintiff represented by Ms. Lindquist has received compensation to help pay for her pain and suffering, as well as much needed medical surgery and treatment, she can focus on rehabilitation.

The entire press release can be accessed on PRWEB for those who wish to learn more about this specific personal injury case and the efforts of The Bernard Law Group.

September 30, 2009

Seattle Motorcycle Collision Kills Man, Injures Another

The investigation continues into the cause of a serious motorcycle accident in Seattle that took the life of one man and left another motorcyclist in critical condition with severe injuries. Seattle Police reported that even though there is no indication that the two motorcycles hit each other, they were both involved in the accident that occurred at around 2 a.m. in downtown Seattle. The man who was killed has been identified and was 36-years-old.

The two men in this incident were members of the “Drama Boyz” motorcycle club, its headquarters located in very close proximity to the scene of the crash. The two crash victims were on their way to the club at the time of the accident, its cause unknown at this time. According to an article from nwcn.com, the debris field stretched over two city blocks. It is speculated that high speeds may have played a determining factor in the accident.

Riding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating experience and provide a person with a more gas-conservative means of transportation; however, it’s no secret that motorcyclists are more exposed to the many threats that a collision poses. According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2007 motorcycle report, there were 5,154 motorcycle fatalities. The report also stated that helmets saved an estimated 1,784 lives in 2007 in which 800 more lives could have been saved if all motorcyclists had worn their helmets.

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September 15, 2009

Mount Vernon Multi-Vehicle Accident Kills 1, Injures 4

Friday night on State Route 9 in Mount Vernon, a 60-year-old Mount Vernon motorcyclist was killed and four other people were injured in a multi-vehicle accident.

Seattle's KOMO news.com reported that the motorcyclist was heading north on SR 9 when he crossed the center line and collided head on with a Honda CRS that was heading south. The Honda then crossed the median and hit a northbound Hyundai.

The 53 year old woman who was driving the Honda was taken to Skagit Valley Hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the Hyundai, who sustained minor injuries, was treated at the accident scene. Two passengers in the Hyundai were taken to Skagit Valley Hospital with minor injuries.

The accident is being investigated by police.

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August 27, 2009

Washington Motorcycle Collision Caused by Bear in the Road

An article from yakima-herald.com reported that a motorcycle accident in Washington occurred after a 46-year-old Yakima-area man lost control of his bike. On Sunday morning, August 2, 2009, around 10:30 a.m., the motorcyclist was riding on the North Fork Road outside Tampico when it came to his attention that a bear was in his lane up ahead after he rounded a curve. He tried to avoid hitting the bear when he lost control and crashed. The man suffered a rib injury and was treated at a local hospital. A sergeant at the scene said the bear did not appear to have been hurt and wandered from the scene of the accident.

Although we hear about auto accidents and motorcycle accidents caused by animals in the road less often than accidents caused by negligent drivers, drivers and cyclists must prepare for anything they might encounter on the highway. As was the case in the aforementioned incident, when rounding a curve in the road, it is especially important to proceed with reduced speed and caution. Fortunately in this accident, no one was killed. Based on a 2008 NHTSA report, in 2005, motor vehicle traffic crashes were the leading cause of death amongst persons ages 3 through 6 and 8 through 34, an astounding figure that needs to be shrunk sooner rather than later.

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August 14, 2009

Bellingham Motorcycle Accident Injures Two

The Bellingham Herald reports that a motorcycle rider and his passenger were injured in a motorcycle accident in Washington.

According to the report, the 34 year old Bellingham man was driving his motorcycle Marigold eastbound, near Lake Whatcom Boulevard. He then went off the road and hit a tree. The driver and his passenger, a 37 year old from Port Orchard, were both taken to St Joseph Hospital in Bellingham for treatment of injuries and were then released.

The driver faces possible vehicular assault charges, or driving under the influence charges, pending results of toxicology tests. The charge of vehicular assault can be made if a person is injured in a motor vehicle accident and it is determined that the driver was driving under the influence or driving with reckless disregard for the safety of others.

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March 26, 2009

Washington Motorcycle Accidents Increase, Alarming State

The seattletimes.com website reported in an account on February 23, 2009 that the fifth casualty resulting from a motorcycle accident in Washington this year has occurred in what appears to be a growing trend. This is alarming state officials with the latest victim being a 46 year old Auburn man.

According to state records, the total number of motorcycle deaths reached 75 in 2008, reflecting a nine person increase from the 66 deaths in 2007.

Examination of the motorcycle crash date shows that approximately 60% of motorcycle deaths are tied to single-vehicle incidents, most resulting from high speeds or an impaired driver. An estimated 40% are of deaths are related to motorcyclists being drunk, a much larger percentage of any other type of driver.

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October 28, 2008

Snohomish Motorcycle Crash Injures Man Critically

A man is in critical condition at a Seattle hospital following a motorcycle accident in Snohomish, Sunday night..

Snohomish Police Chief John Turner said that the man, who is in his mid 20s, was driving around 7:30 p.m. on Bickford Avenue north of Weaver Road when for some reason the motorcycle left the road.

The biker was taken to Harborview Medical Center with head injuries and remained in intensive care this morning, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Snohomish police and the Washington State Patrol are investigating.

At Bernard Law Group, we handle personal injury lawsuits that are the results of auto accidents in Washington State every day. Call our attorneys at 1-800-418-8282. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you are seriously injured in an accident, or someone you know is injured or possibly even killed, call the Seattle motorcycle accident lawyers at Bernard Law Group, 1-800-418-8282. We can help you immediately. All e-mail and form submissions will be responded to by a qualified and knowledgeable member of our firm within 24 hours. Call our toll-free number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we promise to respond immediately.

October 1, 2008

Thurston County Motorcycle Accident Leaves Man Injured

In Thurston County Saturday, a 71-year-old man was hurt when his motorcycle struck a truck that had turned in front of him.

Washington State Patrol troopers said that a 45-year-old man from Olympia was driving a pickup truck north on Littlerock Road around 4 p.m. The motorcycle driver was traveling south. The truck driver then turned onto 110th Avenue in front of the motorcycle and the vehicles collided. A 70-year-old woman from Olympia, who was a passenger on the motorcycle, was not injured.

According to news reports, the man was taken to a hospital in the area. An accident report from the State Patrol did not give information about his specific motorcycle accident injuries. The truck driver was not hurt.

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July 28, 2008

Teen Left Dead After Motorcycle Accident

A Snohomish man, 19, died in a Silvana motorcycle crash on a dirt-bike track.

According to Rebecca Hover, spokeswoman for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office,
the accident occurred on the track in the 22000 block of Sather Road in the Silvana area on Tuesday.

Hover stated that the teen was riding motorbikes with three other young men on the private, rural property when he crashed. He died at the scene. Because the three other riders were on a different part of the track, they didn’t witness the crash.

It is not known by investigators who owns the property where the teens were riding or the circumstances surrounding the crash, said Hover. The teenager was wearing a helmet and following common Washington motorcycle safety practices.

At Bernard Law Group, we handle personal injury lawsuits that are the results of auto accidents in Washington State every day. Call our attorneys at 1-800-418-8282. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you are seriously injured in an accident, or someone you know is injured or possibly even killed, call the Washington personal injury attorneys at Bernard Law Group, 1-800-418-8282. We can help you immediately. All e-mail and form submissions will be responded to by a qualified and knowledgeable member of our firm within 24 hours. Call our toll-free number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we promise to respond immediately.

July 24, 2008

Collision with pickup leaves motorcyclist dead

In less than a month, 3 motorcyclists were killed in traffic accidents on Snohomish County highways. The third accident happened Tuesday.

At Bernard Law Group, we handle personal injury lawsuits that are the results of motorcycle accidents in Washington State every day. Call our attorneys at 1-800-418-8282. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A 26-year-old man from Snohomish died at the scene of the collision with a pickup truck on Highway 92 at the intersection of 127th Drive NE.

According to Washington State troopers, the 62-year-old Snohomish man who drove the pickup and his passenger were not injured. Trooper Keith Leary said the pickup driver was making an improper left turn onto Highway 92 when the collision occurred.

Leary said he believes the sunny summer weather and high gas prices are leading more people to drive motorcycles and that both motorcycle riders and car drivers need to be extra careful.

"If somebody does do something wrong, they have to be able to react to that," Leary said. "Our main message is we have to stay focused on our driving 100 percent of the time."

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July 7, 2008

Mount Vernon Motorcycle Accident Leaves Arlington Woman Dead

A 37 year old Arlington woman died on Saturday morning, after her motorcycle collided with a van near Mount Vernon on Highway 536.

The woman was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after the accident and later died. This is according to a State Patrol memo.

The motorcyclist was traveling west when she swerved into the eastbound lane of the Highway near Bradshaw Road. The motorcycle and van collided west of Mount Vernon, according to the memo.

The woman was ejected from her motorcycle. The driver of the van, a 45-year-old woman from Anacortes, suffered minor injuries and was not hospitalized.

If you are seriously injured in an automobile accident, or someone you know is injured or possibly even killed, call the personal injury attorneys at Bernard Law Group, 1-800-418-8282. We can help you immediately. All e-mail and form submissions will be responded to by a qualified and knowledgeable member of our firm within 24 hours. Call our toll-free number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we promise to respond immediately.

December 17, 2007

Lawsuit Filed Against Driver Involved in Cyclist Death

An accident in September that resulted in the death of a bicyclist hit by a dump truck is now the subject of a wrongful death lawsuit. The family of the bicyclist is suing the truck driver and the Woodinville-based construction company that employed him.

The Washington motorcycle accident occurred on Eastlake Avenue East. The cyclist was riding north on Eastlake toward the University Bridge. A truck, owned by Nelson and Sons Construction, made a right turn onto Fuhrman Avenue East and hit the cyclist and another rider as they rode in the bicycle lane. The two men were pinned under the truck, and dragged 25 feet. Bystanders were able to free one man, who was injured, but the other man was killed almost instantly, according to www.SeattleTimes.com .

Though Nelson and Sons declined to comment on the case and the driver of the dump truck could not be reached, the plaintiff’s attorney stated, “He failed to yield to them when they had the right of way.”

Neither rider was wearing a helmet as they rode north on Eastlake, approaching a construction site. A flagger directed them around the construction area, which was blocking part of the bike lane. The bikers hit the truck after going around the blocked area, as directed, and re-entering the bicycle lane. The truck was turning right into their lane. (According to the police report)

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a biking accident or Seattle auto accident, call the personal injury attorneys at Bernard Law Group, 1-800-418-8282.

December 3, 2007

Motorcyclist Killed in Collision with Dump Truck

Early Tuesday morning, a Seattle man died in a motorcycle accident when the bike he was riding collided with a dump truck.

According to Sergeant Jeff Johnson, the motorcycle was heading north on East Lake Sammamish Parkway. It then struck the side of a dump truck. The dump truck was turning left from 229th Avenue Southeast.

The driver of the motorcycle, a 44 year old man whose name has not been released to the media, was killed instantly. The intersection was blocked off for several hours while witnesses were interviewed and relevant measurements were taken.

No comments were made by Johnson as to which driver was at fault. Also uncertain was which driver had the right of way before the truck accident occurred.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle or auto accident, call the personal injury attorneys at Bernard Law Group, 1-800-418-8282.

May 17, 2007

High Speed Accident Kills Motorcyclist

Early Tuesday morning, a high speed motorcycle accident killed a local man. The motorcyclist, identified as Michael Bartholomew of Edgewood, was traveling northbound on River Road near 31st street in Puyallup when his motorcycle rear ended a pickup truck. A State Patrol spokesman said that the motorcyclist was speeding when he crashed into the truck. The impact caused the motorcycle to fly into oncoming traffic, striking two other vehicles, and killing the motorcyclist instantly. Traffic was slow during the Tuesday morning commute due to the ongoing investigation.

For information on motorcycle safety, please visit the Motorcycle Safety Foundation website at http://www.msf-usa.org.

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