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Elma, Washington – Motorcyclist Hospitalized After Colliding with a Deer

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Posted on June 27, 2019

Elma, Washington (June 22, 2019) – A man was injured after colliding with a deer as he was riding a motorcycle on State Route 8 on Saturday morning. The victim, a 44 year-old man from University Place, was taken to Summit Pacific Medical Center for treatment. There has been no word yet regarding the extent of his injuries or his condition.

The accident happened on the road six miles east of Elma, just before 8 a.m. The victim was heading west when he struck a deer as the animal was crossing the road. The victim was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. According to a statement from the State Patrol, no charges will be involved in the accident.

About Motorcycle Accidents

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.