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Granite Falls, Washington – One Dead in Motorcycle Crash

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Posted on May 3, 2019

Granite Falls, Washington (May 2, 2019) – A motorcyclist was killed after his vehicle crashed in the 1700 block of Engebretsen Road just before 2 a.m. on early Thursday morning. According to officials, the victim died at the scene. The motorcyclist was identified as Curtis L. Hamilton of Seattle by Snohomish County Medical Examiner.

Investigation to find out the cause of the crash is ongoing, though detectives believe the man went around the corner and slipped into the guardrail. The Sherriff’s Office has also found out that the motorcycle was reported stolen out of Mukilteo.

About Motorcycle Accidents

Unfortunately, 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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