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Hoquiam, Washington – Motorcyclist Hospitalized After Colliding with a Car

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Posted on July 12, 2019

Hoquiam, Washington (July 1, 2019) – A collision between a car and a motorcycle on Highway 101 two miles north of Hoquiam resulted in the motorcyclist hospitalized for treatment. The victim, a 65 year old man from El Monte, California, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. There has been no word regarding their condition. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.

The crash happened around 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon. Both vehicles were driving north, with the car waiting to turn left. The motorcyclist struck the back of the car, injuring the rider and totaling his vehicle. The State Patrol has stated that the cause of the accident was driver inattention and following too closely.

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.