One injured in Spanaway motorcycle accident

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One dead in Spanaway accident
Motorcycle collision caused by speeding



Date: August 7, 2011, 08/07/2011
Location: Spanaway, Pierce County, Washington
Type: Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One dead

One person was killed in a motorcycle accident near Spanaway on Sunday.


Just before 5:30 p.m. 63-year-old David A. Munson was driving his motorcycle on State Route 7 when he failed to negotiate a turn and struck a guard rail. Munson was ejected but his motorcycle struck a car driven by 34-year-old Manuel Martinez-Larin.

Munson was taken to Tacoma General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Martinez-Larin was not injured.

Washington State Patrol reported that speed was the causing factor in the crash. Drugs or alcohol were not involved.

Washington State Speed-Related Accident Statistics
  • Speeding-related fatalities have been increasing over the past ten years. The number of speed-related deaths from 1997 to 2001 was 237.8, while the average from 2002 to 2006 was 244, a 2.6% increase.
  • In 2006, Washington experienced the second highest number of speed-related fatalities since 1997, with 253, second only to 2002’s number of 260.
  • The speed-related fatality rate per 100 million vehicle-miles-traveled has decreased slightly, from .47 in 1997 to .45 in 2006, a 4.3% decrease.
  • 59.6% of all speed-related deaths occurred on rural roads- for vehicle-occupants alone the percentage was 62.3%. However, a larger majority of motorcyclist, bicyclist, and pedestrian deaths occurred on urban roads, with 57.5%.
  • On average, from 1997 to 2006, the speed-related fatality rate per vehicle-miles-traveled on rural roads was 2-4 times higher than the respective urban road rate. Rural county roads experienced the largest percentage of speed-related deaths, with 30.7%, followed by rural highways, with 20%, and urban city streets, with 19.6%.
  • Washington State Speeding Law
  • No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing. In every event speed shall be so controlled as may be necessary to avoid colliding with any person, vehicle or other conveyance on or entering the highway in compliance with legal requirements and the duty of all persons to use due care.

Seattle Car Accident Victim Attorneys
A motor vehicle accident is when a road vehicle collides with another vehicle, pedestrian, road debris, or man-made object. These collisions can result in personal injury, property damage, or death. Motor vehicle accidents can involve automobiles, trucks, semi or tractor trailer trucks, delivery vehicles, passenger vans, motorcycles, etc. If you or a family member has suffered as the result of a car accident in Washington state, Seattle motor vehicle accident attorney Chris Davis and the Davis Law Group, P.S. can help you. We are committed to helping car accident, trucking accident, DUI accident, and motorcycle accident victims recover the just and fair compensation they are entitled to receive under the law.
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