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Port Orchard, Washington – Motorcyclist Dead After Colliding with Bus

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Posted on September 29, 2019

Port Orchard, Washington (September 27, 2019) – A motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a school bus on State Route 160 at Cottonwood Drive Southeast on Friday afternoon. The motorcyclist, a 45 year-old man from Port Orchard, died on the scene. None of the occupants of the bus were injured in the collision.

According to the report, the bus was traveling east on State Route 160 and tried to make a left turn onto Cottonwood Avenue Southeast around 4 p.m. The motorcyclist, who was reported to have been traveling at a high rate of speed, struck the side of the bus just behind the rear wheels. The accident caused roadways to be closed as investigation was ongoing.

About Motorcycle Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion to the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only time a motorcycle accident has resulted in a fatality. 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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