Motorcyclist injured in Bellingham DUI collision

Story Highlights:
Two injured in Bellingham accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by DUI



Date: May 10, 2011, 05/10/2011
Location: Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington
Type: Motorcycle accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: Two injured

A motorcyclist was injured in a DUI collision in Bellingham on Tuesday night.

Around 10 p.m. 36-year-old Jeffrey S. Martin was driving his Nissan Maxima westbound on McLeod Road when he attempted to turn left onto Bennett Drive and crashed into 25-year-old Galen F. Cobbs on his motorcycle.

Cobbs was injured and taken to St. Joseph hospital. Martin suffered only minor injuries and was booked into Whatcom County Jail for investigation of vehicular assault and driving under the influence.

Bellingham Fatal Accident Statistics for 2009
Fatal accident count: 3
Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 7
Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 3
Fatalities: 3
Persons involved in fatal accidents: 11
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 1
 
Washington State Drunk Driving Law

A person is guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug if the person drives a vehicle within this state:
(a) And the person has, within two hours after driving, an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher as shown by analysis of the person's breath or blood made under RCW 46.61.506; or (b) While the person is under the influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor or any drug; or
(c) While the person is under the combined influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor and any drug.

Washington State Vehicular Assault Law
A person is guilty of vehicular assault if he or she operates or drives any vehicle:
(a) In a reckless manner and causes substantial bodily harm to another; or
(b) While under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, as defined by RCW 46.61.502, and causes substantial bodily harm to another; or
(c) With disregard for the safety of others and causes substantial bodily harm to another.

Seattle Car Accident Victim Attorneys
If you or a family member has suffered as the result of a car accident, Seattle car accident attorney Chris Davis and the Davis Law Group, P.S. can help you. We understand the devastation that can occur as a result of being in a serious auto accident. We are committed to helping car accident, trucking accident, and motorcycle accident victims recover the just and fair compensation they are entitled to receive under the law.
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