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How Likely is a Motorcyclist to Get into an Accident?

How Likely is a Motorcyclist to Get into an Accident?

How Likely is a Motorcyclist to Get into an AccidentWe have been told time and time again that motorcycles are dangerous. Yet many riders still choose to ride. So how likely is a motorcycle rider to get into an accident? According to crash statics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013, motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities. 4,668 motorcyclists were killed in 2013. This is a six percent decrease from the 4,986 persons killed in a motorcycle accident in 2012.

Of all registered vehicles in the United State in 2013, motorcycles made up 3 percent and accounted for only 0.7 percent of all vehicle miles traveled. Per registered vehicle, the fatality rate for a motorcyclist was 6 times the fatality rate for a passenger vehicle occupant in 2013. Motorcyclists injured (1,052) was slightly higher than the injury rate for passenger vehicle occupants (1,005).

Kennewick Motorcyclist Injured in a Crash

Washington police reported a Kennewick motorcyclist injured after a motorcycle accident occurred on Bob Olson Parkway. Authorities say a number of factors contributed to the cause of the motorcycle crash. Factors such as the rider being unfamiliar with the bike, and was speeding to try to keep up with a fellow rider. The motorcyclist reportedly hit a curb while turning a corner and hit the median. An ambulance rushed him to a nearby hospital where he was stabilized and treated for his injuries. He was then transferred to another medical center for serious facial injuries, police said.

Kennewick Motorcycle Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one has suffered a motorcycle injury or wrongful death from a motorcycle accident, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm in Kennewick. Our law firm believes every client deserves fair representation. We will fight the big insurance companies to make sure you receive every penny you are owed. Call our Kennewick law office now for a free consultation at (509) 582-7274.

 

Tri-Cities, Washington Law Office

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Two Riding a Motorcycle Hit by Suspected Drunk Driver

Two Riding a Motorcycle Hit by Suspected Drunk Driver

Two Riding a Motorcycle Hit by Suspected Drunk DriverWashington State Patrol reported two riding a motorcycle hit by a suspected drunk driver. A Kennewick driver was heading north on Highway 397 when he attempted to turn left on East Columbia Drive when his vehicle collided with a motorcyclist in the intersection. The driver was jailed on suspicion of DUI and vehicular assault. Both people on the motorcycle were injured from the motorcycle accident and taken to a nearby medical center for evaluation of injuries.

Dangers of Driving Under the Influence

Drunk driving is all too common in the United States. Many may say, “What’s the harm, I got home safely and no one was hurt?” Though that may be true this time, it could be different the next time. When choosing to drive drunk, you put yourself and everyone else on the road at risk. Alcohol affects the brain and changes your judgement, depth perception and vital motor skills required to drive safely. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2015 alone, 10,265 people were involved in a fatal car accident that involved an alcohol impaired driver. On average, 12,000 people in the United States die every year in a DUI-related accident. In addition, an average of 900,000 people arrested each year for DUI/DWI. A third of those arrested are repeat offenders.

How to Stop Drunk Driving

The solution to this deadly problem does not solely rely on the hands of law enforcement. If everyone chose to take a cab or call a friend after drinking, we could all be a little safer on Spokane roadways. Each and every person has to make the conscious choice to not drink and drive. When you get behind the wheel of a vehicle, you are taking responsibility and pledging to be safe.

Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Kennewick

If you or a loved one has been injured by an intoxicated driver, contact the law office of Harvard law grad Mat Parke to handle your case. Mat Parke is an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney. He will fight for every penny you are owed. Call the law office of Parke Gordon Law Firm in Kennewick to get started on your case. Our law firm also offers a free case review. This is your opportunity to discuss your car accident case with an experienced attorney. Call (509) 582-7274 now to get started.

Tri-Cities, Washington Law Office

Our Tri-Cities, Washington law office provides legal services to injury clients in and surrounding Tri-Cities, including clients injured in accidents in Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland, Washington. Visit or call our Tri-Cities office now. Parke Gordon LLC 8905 W Gage Blvd, #200 Kennewick, WA 99336 Phone:(509) 582-7274

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DUI Motorcyclist Charged with Vehicular Assault in Kennewick

DUI Motorcyclist Charged with Vehicular Assault in Kennewick

DUI Motorcyclist Charged with Vehicular Assault in KennewickWashington State Patrol reported a DUI motorcyclist charged with vehicular assault after causing an accident while his wife was riding on the back of his bike. The motorcycle accident occurred when the driver lost control of the bike and hit the guardrail along Highway 240. When police arrived at the scene of the accident, troopers reported being able to smell alcohol on the driver’s breath. His wife was found in the middle of the road with an open leg wound. After being evaluated by medical professionals, she was found to have suffered a brain hemorrhage, broken thigh and shinbones, as well as cuts on her face. Troopers discovered the driver’s blood-alcohol level was 0.185 percent, high above the legal driving limit in Washington state of 0.08 percent. After the high reading in the breathalyzer test, the driver was arrested for drunk driving. He is now out of custody after posting bail.

DUI Laws in Washington

The following is Washington law regarding driving under the influence.

RCW 46.61.502: Driving under the influence.

(1) A person is guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, marijuana, or any drug if the person drives a vehicle within this state:

(a) And the person has, within two hours after driving, an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher as shown by analysis of the person’s breath or blood made under RCW46.61.506; or

(b) The person has, within two hours after driving, a THC concentration of 5.00 or higher as shown by analysis of the person’s blood made under RCW 46.61.506; or

(c) While the person is under the influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor, marijuana, or any drug; or

(d) While the person is under the combined influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor, marijuana, and any drug.

(2) The fact that a person charged with a violation of this section is or has been entitled to use a drug under the laws of this state shall not constitute a defense against a charge of violating this section.

(3)(a) It is an affirmative defense to a violation of subsection (1)(a) of this section, which the defendant must prove by a preponderance of the evidence, that the defendant consumed a sufficient quantity of alcohol after the time of driving and before the administration of an analysis of the person’s breath or blood to cause the defendant’s alcohol concentration to be 0.08 or more within two hours after driving. The court shall not admit evidence of this defense unless the defendant notifies the prosecution prior to the omnibus or pretrial hearing in the case of the defendant’s intent to assert the affirmative defense.

(b) It is an affirmative defense to a violation of subsection (1)(b) of this section, which the defendant must prove by a preponderance of the evidence, that the defendant consumed a sufficient quantity of marijuana after the time of driving and before the administration of an analysis of the person’s blood to cause the defendant’s THC concentration to be 5.00 or more within two hours after driving. The court shall not admit evidence of this defense unless the defendant notifies the prosecution prior to the omnibus or pretrial hearing in the case of the defendant’s intent to assert the affirmative defense.

(4)(a) Analyses of blood or breath samples obtained more than two hours after the alleged driving may be used as evidence that within two hours of the alleged driving, a person had an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more in violation of subsection (1)(a) of this section, and in any case in which the analysis shows an alcohol concentration above 0.00 may be used as evidence that a person was under the influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor or any drug in violation of subsection (1)(c) or (d) of this section.

(b) Analyses of blood samples obtained more than two hours after the alleged driving may be used as evidence that within two hours of the alleged driving, a person had a THC concentration of 5.00 or more in violation of subsection (1)(b) of this section, and in any case in which the analysis shows a THC concentration above 0.00 may be used as evidence that a person was under the influence of or affected by marijuana in violation of subsection (1)(c) or (d) of this section.

(5) Except as provided in subsection (6) of this section, a violation of this section is a gross misdemeanor.

(6) It is a class B felony punishable under chapter 9.94A RCW, or chapter 13.40 RCW if the person is a juvenile, if:

(a) The person has three or more prior offenses within ten years as defined in RCW 46.61.5055; or

(b) The person has ever previously been convicted of:

(i) Vehicular homicide while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, RCW 46.61.520(1)(a);

(ii) Vehicular assault while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, RCW 46.61.522(1)(b);

(iii) An out-of-state offense comparable to the offense specified in (b)(i) or (ii) of this subsection; or

(iv) A violation of this subsection (6) or RCW 46.61.504(6).

Personal Injury Attorney

If you’ve been injured by a drunk driver while riding a motorcycle, contact the law office of Parke Gordon Law Firm in Tri-Cities to handle your case. Our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys will fight for every penny you are owed. We believe every client deserves fair representation against big insurance companies with deep pockets. Contact our Kennewick law office today for a free consultation. Call (509) 582-7274.

Tri-Cities, Washington Law Office

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Warmer Weather Leads to More Motorcycle Accidents

Warmer Weather Leads to More Motorcycle Accidents

Warmer Weather Leads to More Motorcycle AccidentsWarmer weather leads to more motorcycle accidents often times in the Tri-Cities area. Washington State Department of Transportation and the attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm would like to remind drivers to stay aware of motorcyclists. It is a risk to get behind the wheel of a car. It is an even greater risk to get behind the handlebars of a motorcycle. Why? In the event of a motorcycle accident, there is far less protection to keep you safe. Motorcycles are also much smaller than cars which makes it more difficult for other drivers to see you. Avoid a motorcycle accident by being more aware of what is around you and take an extra second to look again before changing lanes; doing so, could save a life.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimated per mile traveled in 2015, the number of fatal motorcycle accidents was close to 29 times the number of fatal car accidents.

  • In 2016, 4,976 people died in a motorcycle crash.
  • Good news is motorcycle deaths have been decreasing since the early 1980s. However, motorcycle accident fatalities began to rise again in 1998 and have continued to increase in numbers through 2008.
  • Fatal motorcycle accident account for 13 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2016. Motorcycle accident deaths doubled in 2016 compared to the number of motorcycle deaths in 1997.
  • Forty percent of motorcycle accident fatalities in 2016 occurred in a single-vehicle crash.
  • Sixty percent of motorcycle accident deaths in 2016 occurred in multiple-vehicle crashes.

Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Tri-Cities

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm to handle your case. Our trusted and aggressive lawyers will fight for every penny you are owed. Let us help you deal with the insurance companies, medical bills, lost wages, and property damages resulting from a motorcycle accident. No attorney fees will be collected until we settle. Call our Tri-Cities law office now for a free consultation to discuss your case with an attorney.

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Using a Motorcycle in Washington

Using a Motorcycle in Washington

Using a Motorcycle in WashingtonIf you are using a motorcycle in Washington, then you need to know the laws you are subject to follow.  You are entitled to the use the full lane on the road you are traveling in.  No other vehicle is permitted to disrupt your use of the lane.  You may lawfully pass other vehicles; however, you are not permitted to pass other vehicles in the same lane you are traveling in, except for pedestrians and bicyclists so long as you provide a distance of at least three feet.

While riding on the motorcycle you must ride upon the permanent and regular seat attached.  You are not permitted to have a passenger on the motorcycle unless your bike was designed for more than one person.  You are not permitted to attach yourself or your motorcycle to another vehicle on a roadway.

While operating a motorcycle you should be aware of your surroundings, obey all traffic laws, control devices and speed limits.  This will help protect you and others from injury as you go for a ride.

Additional rules and requirements for operating a motorcycle are as follows:

RCW 46.61.608: Operating motorcycles on roadways laned for traffic.

  • All motorcycles are entitled to full use of a lane and no motor vehicle shall be driven in such a manner as to deprive any motorcycle of the full use of a lane. This subsection shall not apply to motorcycles operated two abreast in a single lane.
  • The operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken. However, this subsection shall not apply when the operator of a motorcycle overtakes and passes a pedestrian or bicyclist while maintaining a safe passing distance of at least three feet.
  • No person shall operate a motorcycle between lanes of traffic or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles.
  • Motorcycles shall not be operated more than two abreast in a single lane.
  • Subsections (2) and (3) of this section shall not apply to police officers in the performance of their official duties.

RCW 46.61.610: Riding on motorcycles.

A person operating a motorcycle shall ride only upon the permanent and regular seat attached thereto, and such operator shall not carry any other person nor shall any other person ride on a motorcycle unless such motorcycle is designed to carry more than one person, in which event a passenger may ride upon the permanent and regular seat if designed for two persons, or upon another seat firmly attached to the motorcycle at the rear or side of the operator. However, the motorcycle must contain foot pegs or be equipped with an additional bucket seat and seat belt meeting standards prescribed under 49 C.F.R. Part 571 for each person such motorcycle is designed to carry.

RCW 46.61.611: Motorcycles—Maximum height for handlebars.

No person shall operate on a public highway a motorcycle in which the handlebars or grips are more than thirty inches higher than the seat or saddle for the operator.

RCW 46.61.612: Riding on motorcycles—Position of feet.

No person shall ride a motorcycle in a position where both feet are placed on the same side of the motorcycle.

RCW 46.61.613: Motorcycles—Temporary suspension of restrictions for parades or public demonstrations.

The provisions of RCW 46.37.530 and 46.61.610 through 46.61.612 are temporarily suspended with respect to the operation of motorcycles on a closed road during a parade or public demonstration that has been permitted by a local jurisdiction

RCW 46.61.614: Riding on motorcycles—Clinging to other vehicles.

No person riding upon a motorcycle shall attach himself or herself or the motorcycle to any other vehicle on a roadway.

What Should I Do If I Have Been Injured in a Car Accident?

If you have been injured in a car accident in the Tri-Cities, Washington, then you need an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney on your side.  The attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm provide a free consultation to discuss your case.  The law firm of Parke Gordon believes that every client deserves fair representation, not just the big insurance companies.   Call (509) 582-7274 today to get started on your car accident case.

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Our Tri-Cities, Washington law office provides legal services to injury clients in and surrounding Tri-Cities, including clients injured in accidents in Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland, Washington. Visit or call our Tri-Cities office now. Parke Gordon LLC 8905 W Gage Blvd, #200 Kennewick, WA 99336 Phone:(509) 582-7274

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