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Tonasket, Washington – One Man Dead in Motorcycle-Car Collision on SR 20

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Posted on May 15, 2019

Tonasket, Washington (May 11, 2019) -A man was killed in a motorcycle-truck collision on the State Route 20 around 17 miles east of Tonasket on Saturday afternoon. The victim was identified as Donald Leonard of British Columbia. The driver and the passenger in the truck were injured in the incident.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the victim was driving westbound on State Route 20 when he was turning around a curve. He crossed the center line and struck an oncoming Chevrolet pickup truck. The cause of the incident has not been identified. The State Patrol has stated that no charged will be filed against the driver of the truck.

About Motorcycle Accidents

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. 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.

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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