Multiple news reports have claimed that a motorcycle rider from Port Orchard was injured and hospitalized in a collision with another vehicle. The serious accident happened on Tuesday and it involved a vehicle that turned the wrong way.
According to the authorities, the Port Orchard motorcycle rider was headed west on Sedgwick Road when just before 11 p.m., a 2012 Jeep Patrior traveling the other way tried to turn the wrong way onto the eastbound Highway 16 ramp. Due to the maneuver, the vehicle crashed into the motorcycle head-on. The motorcycle rider ended up being thrown out of his bike after hitting a guardrail due to the initial impact.
The 22-year-old Jeep driver wasn’t injured but the 55-year-old motorcycle rider was injured and had to be sent to the hospital for treatment.
According to officials, intoxication may have been a factor.
For Washington drivers, it’s important to keep in mind that safety should always come first. Whether you’re a car or a motorcycle driver, not being intoxicated while behind the wheel is part of driving responsibly. Intoxicated driving is dangerous because the activity causes drivers or motorcycle riders to fail to respond to certain emergencies in time to avoid an accident. If you are intoxicated while driving, you will be more likely to crash because your motor skills will be impacted. The intoxication will also prompt the driver to lose sight of what is going on in their surroundings, increasing the risk of a collision.
If you’re a driver, remember that this accident may have been avoided if the driver in question hadn’t tried to turn the wrong way. And if this was caused by intoxication, then perhaps, the crash could have been avoided if nobody had had any alcohol while behind the wheel prior to the collision.
We hope that other Washington drivers are learning from this accident so they can avoid similar occurrences.
As the Washington State Patrol investigates, you may read more about this car vs. motorcycle accident by following this link.