It is no coincidence that we have seen multiple motorcycle accidents in the past week. Saturday was a beautiful day, the warmest of the year so far, and motorcyclists were out enjoying the nice weather. As a Seattle motorcycle accident lawyer, I have ridden a motorcycle for many years and completely understand the desire to get back out there once the weather gets better. For the most part, motorcyclists are paying attention to what they are doing and it is drivers around them who are the problem.
The Washington State Patrol reported that a 24 year-old man from Silverdale died on Saturday night in an accident in Seattle. According to the Washington State Patrol, Phillip Thomas lost control of his Suzuki GX6 near Safeco Field on the Fourth Avenue ramp to I-90. The accident, which was classified as a lane-change failure, caused the motorcycle to hit a concrete barrier. Thomas, a petty officer first class with the USS John C. Stennis, died at the scene and his passenger, a 12 year-old girl, was taken to Harborview Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
This accident is absolutely tragic. Fortunately, both riders were wearing helmets and the young girl’s choice to wear a helmet likely saved her life. Motorcycle riders are particularly vulnerable to serious injury, especially if they are not wearing a helmet. By simply putting on a helmet while riding a motorcycle, you can significantly lower your chance of serious injury or even death in an accident. For more information about motorcycle safety, check out our motorcycle FAQ’s.