Kettle Falls, Washington – One Dead, One Seriously Injured in Motorcycle-Truck Collision
Posted on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 at 9:15 pm
Kettle Falls, Washington (June 4, 2019) – A motorcyclist was killed and a truck driver was seriously injured in a collision on the intersection of U.S. Highway 395 and State Route 20 on Monday morning. The victim, identified as David P. Gilbride from New Westminster, British Columbia, was pronounced dead on the scene. The truck driver, Leland J. Williams of Spokane, sustained serious injuries and was taken to the Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.
The circumstances leading up to the crash has not been detailed, but it appears that Gilbride drove into the opposite lane and collided head-on with the dump truck around 9:20 a.m. It is still unknown if drugs or alcohol were involved in the case. The accident caused the road to be blocked for several hours.
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.
If you have been injured in an accident, or have lost a loved one to the reckless actions of another, the Seattle personal injury attorneys at Caffee Law are poised to help you fight back. We have helped numerous people through the legal process and are ready to aggressively represent you as well. Contact us at (206) 899-5415 or online to speak with an attorney today.
Note: The attorneys with Caffee Law send our hearts out to the victims of serious accidents. Even though we see the pain and suffering accident victims endure through our daily work, it never becomes easier to hear such tragic news. We compose our blog using publicly available news sources. Sometimes stories are updated as more details surface. If our post becomes outdated or inaccurate, please let us know so that we may update it.
Disclaimer: This blog's aim is to increase awareness of severe injuries and their effects so that fewer individuals and families go through the painful and traumatic process of seeing a loved one hurt or killed in an accident. These are difficult topics, but we hope that our readers can use the information found here to help them avoid being involved in an accident. The information presented here does not construe legal advice.