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Addy, Washington – Motorcyclist Dies from Injuries Sustained in Collision on State Route 395

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Posted on November 7, 2019

Addy, Washington (November 7, 2019) – A motorcyclist died from his injuries sustained in a collision with a car that occurred on State Route 395 one mile south of Addy. The victim, identified as Scott Curtis Francis from Kettle Falls, was transported to Mount Carmel Hospital, but died after 4 p.m. The driver of the car, Frances Marie Lafreniere from Robson, British Columbia, was also taken to the same hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries, but she has been released.

According to the report from the Washington State Patrol, Lafreniere was driving north on State Route 395 when she attempted to pass another vehicle around 3 p.m. Lafreniere’s vehicle struck Francis’s motorcycle in the southbound lane, resulting in his death. Charges against Lafreniere are listed as pending.

About Motorcycle Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only time a motorcycle accident has resulted in a fatality. Because of a motorcycle’s open nature, the risks of injuries are greater to a person on a motorcycle than a person in a car. Head injuries are common in motorcycle accidents of all kinds, as are limb injuries. Much like any other vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents can easily come out of lapse of attention and careless maneuvers.  It is important to always observe proper driving and consideration for other vehicles, something which all motorcycle drivers should keep in mind as 3/4 of motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle. This is most likely due to a motorcycle’s overall visibility being less than most other vehicles, which means drivers of other vehicles tend not to see motorcycles in time.  This visibility problem makes motorcycle rides at night especially risky. Additionally, the stationary objects most often struck off-road are trees, utility poles, and traffic barriers, and driving in poor visibility conditions such as nighttime and unfavorable weather can increase the risks of collision with one of the objects mentioned above.

While motorcycles are a much-depended means of transportation, drivers should consider factors such as speed, number of other vehicles on the road, the road conditions and weather to ensure their safety while out and about. Be especially cautious when driving at night, as with any other vehicle. Any mistakes in judgement can lead to accidents, injuries and damage not only to your person, but on other people as well.