A man is in serious condition after he was injured in a Seattle car accident while riding on his motorcycle, the Seattle Times reports. The accident occurred the night of April 15, 2009 when the man was riding with two other motorcyclists on the Duwamish Avenue South access road. When the group turned south on to Duwamish Avenue South, one man lost control of his motorcycle, skidded along the road and landed along the jersey median. The man suffered head injuries and became unconscious. Other motorcyclists attempted CPR on him until paramedics arrived. The injured motorcyclist was taken to a local hospital where he is said to be in critical condition.
My heart goes out to this motorcyclist who is fighting for his life. I hope and pray that he recovers quickly and completely from his serious head injuries. Please keep him in your prayers.
The number of motorcycle accidents in Washington State is apparently increasing at an alarming rate. Washington State Troopers say they are concerned about the high number of fatal motorcycle crashes occurring so early this year. So far, just in the first part of 2009, there have been five fatal motorcycle accidents in Washington State. Total motorcycle fatalities reached 75 in 2008, an increase of nine incidents from 66 in 2007. In all, Washington State Patrol troopers have investigated 584 motorcycle collisions in 2008 resulting in 200 injuries.
In this particular motorcycle accident, it is important to look into what caused the rider to lose control of his motorcycle suddenly. Based on this article, it doesn’t appear that the rider was traveling at excessive speeds. He was riding with other motorcyclists. This crash could have been caused by a product defect, mechanical malfunction in the motorcycle or a dangerous condition on that Seattle roadway.
If a dangerous condition on the roadway caused him to lose control, then the city or governmental agency in charge of maintaining that roadway could be held liable for the accident and resulting injuries. If a product defect in the motorcycle caused the accident, then the auto product manufacturer could be held liable. It is important that the motorcycle be preserved in its current state so an expert can thoroughly examine it for evidence of product defect and mechanical malfunction. The family of this injured motorcyclist would be well-advised to contact experienced Seattle motorcycle accident attorneys to find out more information about their legal rights and options.