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Des Moines, Washington – Motorcyclist Dead in Crash at 8th Avenue South

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Posted on December 1, 2019

Des Moines, Washington (November 27, 2019) – A motorcyclist died in a collision with a vehicle on the 19600 block of 8th Avenue South on Wednesday night. By the time crews responded to the scene, CPR was being performed on the crash victim, unfortunately the motorcyclist died on the scene. No other injuries were reported from the scene.

Crews from Puget South Fire, South King Fire, Burien/Normandy Park Fire, along with Des Moines Police and the Washington State Patrol responded to the scene around 4:30 p.m. The cause and circumstances of the crash has not yet been reported. However, police have ruled out the involvement of drugs or alcohol in the case. The road was closed while crews were investigating on the scene.

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.

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