Accidents in Washington state continue to happen at an alarming rate. And according to officials, the latest crash was the seventh collision this week along involving motorcycles.
Deputies with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department told reporters that the latest crash involved a 50-year-old man. He was driving his motorcycle in Mill Creek in the 5100 block of 132nd St. S.E. when another vehicle hit him.
According to the reports, the accident happened around 1:30 pm. The rider was trying to cross the westbound lanes as he maneuvered to make a left turn when a car hit him. The driver remained at the scene after the accident and is reportedly cooperating with officials.
The rider suffered serious injuries, and officials say he’s fighting for his life.
Over the weekend, other five riders died as a result of accidents in Washington, officials say. And while motorcycle riders account for just 3% of road users in the state, they also accounted for 15% of all road fatalities and 19% of all serious injuries involving crashes between 2013 and 2017.
This shows that both motorcycle riders and drivers must start doing more to prevent similar accidents.
We urge all drivers across the Evergreen state to keep in mind that their attention to the road will help to prevent these awful accidents. And we also urge motorcycle riders to ride defensively. When riders understand that drivers are often distracted, they act in a way that helps them to prevent accidents. Nevertheless, even when riders are careful, drivers can end up being dangerous if they are not paying attention.
With the ever-growing use of smartphones while behind the wheel, drivers are increasingly distracted. We must do more to prevent accidents and being aware of the distracted driving risk is part of it.
If you’re a driver or a motorcycle rider, keep this in mind to prevent accidents.
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