The Washington State Patrol, in a media release, reported that that three separate motorcycle accidents over the weekend has killed two motorcyclists and left one critically injured in Western Washington.
The three motorcycle accidents included:
- A 49-year-old Oregon resident was killed after crossing the center line and hitting an oncoming vehicle in Pacific County.
- A 29-year-old University Place resident was killed after losing control on SR-512 and crashing into the freeway median.
- A 43-year-old DuPont resident crashed her motorcycle on SR-504 west of Morton. She is in critical condition at Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver.
According to Washington State Patrol Chief, John R. Batiste:
“I find these motorcycle collisions to be very sad because they were all caused by the rider.” These crashes, as with most collisions, were entirely preventable.”
So far this year, there have been nine motorcycle fatalities in Washington State. Of the nine fatal accidents, seven were single-vehicle accidents and in all nine accidents, the motorcycle driver was at fault.
The leading causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Driver inattention
In Washington State, motorcycle riders are required to get a motorcycle endorsement which requires them to take a motorcycle knowledge test and a motorcycle riding test. In three of the nine motorcycle accident fatalities so far this year, the driver did not have the required endorsement.