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Fatal Vancouver Motorcycle Accident Emphasizes Need for Defensive Driving

Motorcycle enthusiasts are a common sight on roads throughout Vancouver. Unfortunately, other drivers often fail to grasp how demanding navigating through traffic-congested roads can be for bikers. In addition to the differences in handling, bikers also lack the protections motor vehicle drivers take for granted. On major roads, in parking lots, and at intersections, otherwise minor mistakes that would amount to no more than a fender bender between two cars can leave motorcyclists suffering serious harm. A recent motorcycle accident in Vancouver left one man with fatal injuries. If you are a biker, it is important to be aware of how common these types of crashes are in Vancouver and to practice defensive driving to protect yourself.  

Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Vancouver

According to a July 11, 2019 news report by The Columbian, a major motorcycle accident left a 58-year-old Ridgefield man suffering severe injuries. The crash occurred shortly after 8:00 a.m. on the corner of Southwest 10th Avenue and Eaton Boulevard when a local man in a 1992 Lexus sedan collided with the motorcyclist in the intersection. 

Police report that the accident occurred as a result of the Lexus driver failing to stop at a red light. The motorcyclist was headed south on Eaton Blvd when he was suddenly struck by the vehicle. His family says he was riding his bike to work, as he did often. He was immediately taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, where he died several days later. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit says the driver remained on the scene and was cooperative with investigators. There is no word yet on whether any citations were issued.

Defensive Driving Tips for Motorcyclists

Unfortunately, the above crash is not an isolated incident in Vancouver. According to statistics from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA), more than 80 fatal motorcycle accidents occur each year in our area, representing roughly 15 percent of all motor traffic vehicle deaths. In many cases, it is the reckless behaviors of others that are to blame. 

When riding a motorcycle, it is important to be aware of the dangers posed by motor vehicle drivers. In some cases, they may not be aware of the intricacies involved in riding, such as needing additional space for making turns and additional warning before coming to a sudden stop. You can protect yourself by wearing a helmet and other safety gear while practicing these defensive driving tips:

  • Avoid following other motorists too closely;
  • If someone is tailgating you, pull over and let them pass;
  • Be particularly cautious in parking lots and at intersections;
  • Never assume another driver sees you or will stop;
  • Avoid speeding or going too fast in high-traffic conditions.  

Let Us Help You Today

When motorcycle accidents happen, the Johnston Law Firm is here to help victims and their family members hold at-fault drivers accountable for the harm they cause. To request a consultation, call (503) 546-3167 or contact our motorcycle accident attorneys online today.   


Marc Johnston

Lead Attorney at Johnston Law Firm, P.C.

Based in downtown Portland, Marc A. Johnston is the owner and managing attorney of the award-winning, internationally-known personal injury law firm, Johnston Law Firm, P.C. Marc's career has been dedicated to representing the injured and individuals who have been treated unfairly by an insurance company. His focus on trial law creates the backbone of the Johnston Law Firm — a firm that is ready to go the distance in seeking justice for its clients.