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Vancouver, Washington – Motorcyclist Injured in Collision with Car at Intersection

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Posted on February 4, 2020

Vancouver, Washington (February 2, 2020) – A motorcyclist was injured in a collision with a car at the intersection of Southeast Avenue and Southeast 15th street. According to the report from KOMO News, the motorcyclist, a 38 year-old man, sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. The car driver was not reported to be injured in the crash.

The incident was first reported around 2:45 p.m. According to initial reports, the motorcyclist was heading south at a high rate of speed and failed to stop for a red light. He lost control of his vehicle and collided with a car traveling westbound. The intersection was closed while responders were on the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

About Motorcycle Accidents

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.