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Man held on DUI in Washington motorcycle crash, biker hurt

Seattle police said a 30-year-old motorcyclist was run over by a car and trapped underneath a vehicle Sept. 8 around 1 p.m. at the intersection of East Pike Street and MLK Jr. Way South. Seattle fire officials indicated that the biker had to be extricated from beneath the vehicle before being transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. No other injuries were reported.

Police arrested the driver of the car on suspicion of DUI. They suspect he was under the influence of marijuana and arranged for him to undergo a blood test.

MLK Jr. Way was closed between East Union and East Pine streets and East Pike Street was closed to traffic between 27th and 29th avenues while police investigated the accident. No information has been released concerning the identities of either the motorcyclist or the driver of the car.

Because of the obvious size differential between motorcycles and four-wheeled vehicles, motorcyclists often suffer serious injuries when they become involved in car accidents. Broken bones and severe head or neck injuries are not uncommon. Injured bikers may require long-term care to learn to live with permanent disability. At a time when medical expenses are mounting up, they may lose income as a result of taking extensive time off work.

An individuals who is seriously injured in motorcycle accidents may seek the advice of a personal injury lawyer who may help them prepare a claim for compensation. As well as taking into account the results of the accident investigation, including blood test results and witness statements, a lawyer may also want as much information as possible about blind spots, confusing lane markings and inadequate signs around the intersection where the accident occurred.

Source: Q13 FOX, "Driver arrested for possible marijuana DUI after running over, trapping motorcyclist", September 08, 2014

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