We recently shared that there’s been an uptick in extreme speeding and fatality crashes in 2020. This may seem surprising, given the reduction in traffic with COVID-19 restrictions across the US. In Washington State, another unsettling trend is emerging: an increase in motorcycle fatalities.
Through mid-May, a total of 24 motorcyclists have been killed on State roadways. Twelve occurred in April alone, and made up 46% of all crash fatalities for the month. Washington hasn’t seen that many deaths for the month of April since 2006.
Most of these collisions could have been prevented. Speeding and driving under the influence appear to have been the most prevalent factors in these incidents. Remember, even minor motorcycle collisions can have serious consequences, so the best approach is to avoid them in the first place.
If you are a driver, there are a few steps you can take to make the road safer for motorcyclists.
As always, follow traffic laws and give enough space to motorcyclists.
Motorcyclists can also take actions to reduce the likelihood of crashes.
When it comes to riding your motorcycle, avoid taking unnecessary risks that jeopardize your safety and those around you.
Despite your best riding, sometimes crashes still happen.
Our attorneys have experience helping victims of motorcycle accidents win settlements. This compensation can cover medical expenses, lost wages, and acknowledge the pain and suffering experienced because of the injury.
Please reach out to our motorcycle accident attorneys to schedule a free case evaluation.