A motorcyclist was recently killed in Spokane after he struck a deer that ran into the road. Initial information suggested that two motorcyclists were traveling north on Argonne on August 2nd when the lead motorcyclist encountered the deer. Law enforcement as well as the Spokane County Fire District 9 arrived at the scene of Argonne and Stoneman/Bruce around 9:30 p.m. and began life-saving measures on the motorcyclist. Unfortunately, the lead motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The second motorcyclist, however, performed an evasive maneuver and left the road. The second motorcyclist was able to escape the event without any substantial injuries and declined medical attention. Witnesses report that the motorcyclists were driving neither recklessly nor speeding.
Motorcyclists are much more likely to end up in collisions with deer than motor vehicle drivers. Based on data collected by the AAA organization, motorcyclists account for less than one percent of vehicle miles traveled but represent 70% of deer collision-related deaths. It helps to understand what safety strategies you can follow to reduce your chances of ending up in a collision with a deer.
Safety Strategies Motorcyclists Should Follow
Some of the critical steps that motorcyclists should make sure to follow to remain safe include:
- Anticipate where deer will likely appear and exercise the highest degree of caution when passing through these areas. It also helps to know that while deer populations reach their highest point in the spring, the greatest number of deer enter the road during October, November, and December.
- Remember that deer are herd animals. If you notice one deer crossing the road in front of you, you should be alert to other deer who are also about to cross the road.
- Practice emergency stops on your motorcycle. If you need help mastering how to use the bike's brakes, receive training from a motorcycle safety class.
- Slow down. Some people claim to increase their speed with the hope that spending less time close to the deer will decrease their chances of ending up in an accident. In reality, it is a much safer strategy to slow down.
- Pay attention to deer crossing signs. This is because deer often travel the same paths and most collisions tend to occur in the same places.
- Always wear a motorcycle helmet as well as protective gear. While this will not decrease the risk of a collision, it will keep you safer in case you strike a deer.
- If you are riding in a group, increase your following distance and maintain a staggered formation to give each rider sufficient time to stop for deer that might suddenly run across the road.
Speak With a Knowledgeable Spokane Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a Spokane motorcycle accident and someone else is responsible, you should not hesitate to speak with a knowledgeable attorney. Contact West Law Office today to schedule a free case evaluation.