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Motorcycle Rider Killed in Lacey Accident, Alcohol Suspected

Last night during the evening commute a suspected drunk driver hit a motorcycle rider head-on killing the rider. This fatal Washington motorcycle accident happened in Lacey on Steilacoom Road near its intersection with Salmon Lane East.  Our prayers go out the the rider's family.

A 1988 Dodge Dakota was driving eastbound when it crossed the double yellow center line and hit the 1971 BMW motorcycle head on.  The 55 year-old Shelton man who was riding the BMW motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene of this horrific Lacey motorcycle accident.  The 39 year-old driver of the Dakota was arrested on a charge of vehicle homicide and taken for a blood alcohol test.

Tragedy can strike in a blink of an eye.  Whether alcohol was a contributing factor or whether the other driver was distracted by something, it really doesn't change the fact that a Washinton motorcycle rider has lost his life due to the negligence of another driver.  A family has lost a husband, father, or son.  The Dakota driver will also have to live with his mistake that took the life of another person.  Both families with suffer greatly.  

It's hugely important for Washington drivers to realize that motorcycles and other two wheeled vehicles will be on the roads whenever the sun comes out in Western Washington.  Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day, motorcycles are on the road on days like that regardless of winter temperatures.  Please as a driver beware of this and watch for our two wheeled friends. 

When a Washington motorcycle accident takes the life of a rider, horrible economic crisis can hit a family that loses the source of primary financial support.  When a drunk driver causes a fatal Washington bike accident in our experience it's not uncommon to find the drunk driver has very little, if any, car insurance.  That's why is so very important to protect your family with the most underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage (UIM) you can buy on your motorcycle insurance policy.

If you or a loved on has suffered an injury or loss of a loved one in a Washington motorcycle accident do not wait to get the information you need to begin to process your injury claim or determine if you need the help of an experienced Washington Motorcycle Accident Lawyer.  Before you hire an attorney or speak with the insurance adjuster get your No Cost copy of the 7 Biggest Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Washington Motorcycle Accident Case here on our website.

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