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South Hill, Washington – One Person Killed in Motorcycle-Truck Collision

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Posted on September 2, 2019

South Hill, Washington (August 30, 2019) – A motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a truck on 78th Avenue East and 128th Street East on Friday night. The victim was identified as Dennis Allen Pope from Parkland by the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office. The truck driver appeared to be uninjured in the crash.

The accident happened around 8:40 p.m. A pickup truck turned from 78th Avenue East onto 128th Street East, and Pope struck the front bumper of the truck. Speed was said to be a factor in the collision.

About Motorcycle Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. 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.