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State Coordinator's Report

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year with friends and family. Here’s to a better year of fun and progress moving forward.  


So, what’s going on at the State level? Hang on, here we go: 


A vote went out to direct a change, and we will be moving towards becoming a 501c3. This change will make us a tax-deductible charitable organization. Some have stated that we will no longer be able to do legislative things.  No, not true, we will be able to do everything we have been doing in the past. 

Read the full report here.


Andy McAfee

State Coordinator

Spring Opener

We are happy to announce that raffle tickets for our 2023 Spring Opener raffle are available for sale. Thanks to our sponsors Jake's Gun and Pawn, Apple State Harley Davidson, and Mike Myers Motorcycle Attorney, we have some amazing prizes!


Please reach out to your Gambling Representative, David Crawford, to check out raffle tickets. His cell for call or text is 206-427-0091.


Below are the rules regarding distribution and selling of the raffle ticket, please review them carefully and Happy Selling.

Spring Opener Raffle Ticket Rules:

  • You must be an ABATE member in good standing to sell tickets.
  • The ABATE member that checks out the tickets from our Gambling Representative is responsible for returning the whole ticket or the ticket stub & $10.
  • The buyer and the seller must print their full legal first & last name as legible as possible. No nicknames, road names or initials please.
  • Please be mindful that when selling the Raffle Tickets, we need to make sure everyone has a fair chance when it comes time for the drawing. Therefore, the ticket stub cannot be altered in any way. This means no lamination, stickers, tape, rips, folding or creasing etc.
  • We ask that all SOLD tickets stubs & $10 be returned to the ABATE Gambling Representative by the June 11th, ECOM Meeting. The unsold tickets the member can keep & continue to try & keep selling. This is to help minimize the amount of cash & ticket stub counting we have to do the day of the event.
  • By 12 noon on Saturday of the Spring Opener ALL tickets & sold ticket stub / $10 must be turned back into the ABATE Gambling Representatives for counting. At that time there will be sperate tickets checked out that will be sold at the event between 12 noon & 6pm. The Gambling Representatives & State Officers could stretch out the selling time up until 8:30 pm depending on where the Gambling Committee is at with counting the sold tickets & money.
  • The drawing will be held at 10pm on Saturday, June 24, 2023
  • The member that sells the winning ticket for the 2020 Road King will get a $200 Pre-paid Visa (The member will be asked to complete a W9 for us to report your winnings)
  • The member that sells the winning ticket for the Tommy Gun will get a $200 Pre-paid Visa (The member will be asked to complete a W9 for us to report your winnings)
  • The members that sell any other of the winning tickets will get 1 Spring Opener member ticket for the 2024 Spring Opener event.
  • For any Chapter that sells 50 of the bike tickets OR 50 of the gun tickets (but not a combination of the two together) will get a Gift Certificate good for 1 Free Member Spring Opener ticket for the next year’s event. The Gift Certificates will be given to the Chapter Coordinators to pass out to the winning members of their chapter at the BOD in October.

The Vendor Registration form is attached here!

Legislative Update

2023 Session Preview

It’s post-election and pre-session, so there is not a lot of hard information to report. We are still sorting out how the committees will stack up in both houses, but it will take a bit of time. At this writing there are still some races that are too close to call, but the overall control of the House and Senate will not shift.  The one thing that we know is that Sen. Randall won her reelection bid, so we do have a champion for our lane sharing/splitting/filtering issue. Language has yet to be crafted.

Click here to read more…

Motorcycle Riders Foundation

The Motorcycle Industry’s Vision for Decarbonization

Tuesday morning, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation attended a panel by the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers. The discussion centered on “The Motorcycle Industry’s Vision for Decarbonization.” As in the United States, there is a growing movement to shift away from carbon-based fuel and toward decarbonization and elimination of emissions.

While motorcycle emissions account for less than 1% of all emissions in Europe, the motorcycle industry is taking a proactive approach to the future of fueling their transportation system. 

Click here to learn more… 

Motorcycle Riders Foundation 2 of 2

This week, thousands of American bikers contacted their elected officials to express concern about recent crashes involving motorcycles and cars believed to be in self-driving mode. Specifically, three crashes this summer, which occurred in California, Florida and Utah have been a major topic of conversation for the nearly 10 million motorcyclists in this country.

Click here to learn more… 



Spring Opener

June 22-25


Chili Challenge 2023

January 28th, 2023




Happy New Year!!  


Can you believe it is 2023 already? Goodness gracious, we sure did get a lot accomplished in 2022. We finished up our 2022 with the Terry Home Christmas Run, thank you to everyone that contributed & joined us. Thank you to everyone that joined us at our chapter Christmas Party, holy moly I think we counted almost 60 people, next year we may have to rent a hall... READ MORE


Turkey Giveaway

After organizing most of the families who received turkeys from us our poor Edie had to miss all the exciting part. Edie had just had eye surgery and wasn't quite up to it. Thank you Edie for ordering the meals and telling us where to go!... READ MORE


Greetings from the ‘Pen and Merry Christmas to you all…or at least Happy Holidays if you prefer. We’ve been busy helping out North Kitsap chapter with their annual toy run for children at St Michael’s hospital in Silverdale...



Irish Chicken Dinner – 2022

 Most of you know the legacy that is “Chicken Friday Dinner” spearheaded by Irish McKinney. Our past Chapter Coordinator, Dave Boyle, set out to get something like that going again in 2022. He worked with Elmer’s to get a date to do something; not sure what… something small to start, and something by which to remember Irish and the legacy he created... READ MORE


Well, we hope yall had a great Christmas.

Our chapter had a joint Christmas party with EPCC, Star Lake and Rat City. We had a great time.

We had a great turnout at the Veteran's Day Parade. The weather cooperated and we signed up new members for a few chapters... READ MORE


Greetings to all from Star Lake Chapter


We had our monthly chapter meeting December 5th, 2021, at Purdy’s Public House in Sumner. We briefly discussed old business, rides, and events. The Star Lake night out December 10th at Loose Wheel in Puyallup was a huge success as mostly every member attended... READ MORE


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of the Spanaway Chapter.

By the time this is published, we will have had our Christmas Party & Bake Sale. Wreaths will be placed at Orting Soldiers Home Cemetery. Toys will have been collected and donated to the BASH food bank. And we will have made our annual rides to Orchard Park & Marymount.

December sure is a busy time of year.  




Happy December from Spokane Chapter.


Man, do we have the snow!! Super cool winter wonderland! 


Had our Meeting/Christmas Party a few days ago. Little business, lots of party. Fun was had by all!!

Next big event for us is the March Motorcycle Show at the Spokane fairgrounds. Lots of things going on there...


Need to reach a specific Chapter?

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Who We Are

We’ve been helping people for almost 30 years. We’re smart, efficient, and sophisticated. We measure success by the results achieved for our clients. Most of our cases involve a motorcycle, bicycle, and auto collisions. We work on a contingent fee basis. We only get paid if there’s a recovery. Not only do we do all the work, we also advance all the costs necessary to prepare the case for trial. Clients don’t have to pay any money upfront.

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Have you heard of umbrella coverage? Basically, it adds coverage to all of your policies. Or does it...?

By default, umbrella coverage increases liability limits. But it doesn’t increase everything. And that’s a big deal. Maybe the most important coverage you can have increased is uninsured motorists in (UM) and u red motorists (UIM). I’ve said it before. And I think it’s probably more true now than ever. At least 90 percent of drivers are uninsured or underinsured. (We just settled a case against a driver who had $5.3M in coverage—and even he didn’t have enough insurance.) So it’s vital that you let your insurance agent/broker know that you want your umbrella policy to cover not only liability but also UM/UIM.

 Click here to read more about umbrella coverage

The Ins & Outs of "Releases" in Washington

We’re asked to sign releases all the time. Sometimes we’re not even asked to sign—they’re just embedded in our transactions. (Like when we buy lift

tickets to go skiing.) 

The Deterrent Effect of Releases

People fall into two categories. Either they assume that releases are iron-clad or they forget that they signed releases. The people who assume they’re iron-clad don’t pursue claims. That (false) belief is the biggest benefit to the businesses that make customers sign them.

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Resources for Bikers

Filling in the Blanks

Most people have a pretty clear memory of how they got hurt. Frequently their memories are punctuated with very specific details. “That son of a bitch looked me right in the eye before turning left.” “The front door mat was a bright pastel color.” “The impact made a sound just like an M-80 going off.” But when you go through something traumatic, like a motorcycle wreck, the brain isn’t focused on making memories—it’s focused on survival. The same mechanisms that keep the brain sharp enough to escape immediate danger may also make it harder to accurately recall the event.


He Passed Me Going 90 MPH

In just about every motorcycle case we have there

are allegations that our client was speeding. There are a couple of important things to know about the issue of motorcycle speed. The first relates to the reliability of witness observations. The second deals with the way courts deal with favored drivers exceeding the speed limit.

Witnesses are almost always wrong about

motorcycle speed. It may be based on the relatively small size of motorcycles compared to other vehicles. Or it may be based on witness bias.


Public Health and Relations Crisis

The concept of public health has really expanded. It used to focus on disease. Now it includes things like gun deaths. New York’s Governor recently declared

a gun violence disaster emergency. This new strategy treats gun violence as a public health crisis. We have a public health crisis of our own in Washington. It doesn’t have anything to do with guns. Or COVID-19. It has to do with motorcycles.


What the Jury Doesn't Hear

The evidence rules have a big impact on what the jury gets to hear (and what it doesn’t get to hear). Evidence can seem a lot like an iceberg: 10 percent visible, 90 percent below the surface.

A lot of the evidence rules are counter-intuitive. Here’s what the jury doesn’t get to hear in a personal injury case:


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