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Moses Lake, Washington – Motorcyclist Crashes Into Irrigation Ditch During Chase

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Posted on February 5, 2020

Moses Lake, Washington  (January 30, 2020) – A motorcyclist crashed into an irrigation ditch on State Route 17, ending a short-lived chase on Thursday night. According to the report from 560 KPQ News Radio, the motorcyclist, Kelly Ellingson, was not injured in the crash and was taken into custody following the incident. No other injuries were reported in the incident.

According to the information from the Washington State Patrol, the motorcyclist failed to stop for a trooper around 10:45 p.m. After a minute or so into the chase, the motorcyclist crashed into the canal. Ellingson has been cited for felony eluding and driving a suspended license, and was booked into Grant County Jail.

About Motorcycle Accidents

While this particular incident contains a criminal element, it is important to note that accidents of other causes can also result in damage or injuries. 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.