A motorcycle accident on Interstate 5 has claimed one life, local news outlets reported.
According to the reports, a 29-year-old female rider as well as a 41-year-old male rider lost control of their motorcycles while traveling northbound on I-5 after approaching a slower 2016 Ford Fusion vehicle. They eventually crashed into the rear of the passenger vehicle, causing them to be ejected from the motorcycles.
The female rider fell in the left lane where she ended up being struck by a 2019 Volkswagen Jetta. The male rider fell on the right shoulder of the road. The female rider died at the scene while the male rider was sent to the hospital.
Neither driver was injured.
Officials have yet to announce any factors that made this accident more likely to happen.
Prevent Motorcycle Accidents By Riding Defensively
Much like passenger vehicles, motorcycles have a hard time navigating certain stretches of the road while traveling at high rates of speed. While the Washington State Patrol is still investigating this accident and looking into what factors may have caused it, it is important to note that many drivers and motorcycle riders fail to respect speed limits, causing them to experience difficulty when they encounter obstacles or slower vehicles ahead of them.
According to official statistics, motorcyclists are 29 times more likely to suffer fatal injuries than car passengers. And while the use of protective gear such as helmets can lower the risk of head trauma, that isn’t the only way to stay safe.
If you are a motorcycle rider, we encourage you to learn more about riding defensively in order to have a better grasp of the many techniques veteran motorcycle riders use to avoid collisions and steer clear of trouble while on the road. The method can help save your life and the lives of others as well.
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