Story Highlights:One injured in Skamania accident
Motorcycle collision caused by speeding
Date: October 12, 2011, 10/12/2011
Location: Cape Horn, Skamania County, Washington
Type: Motorcycle collision
Outcome: One injured
One person was injured in a motorcycel collision near Cape Horn on Wednesday night.
Around 7:30 p.m. a 26-year-old male was riding his motorcycle on Highway 14 when he failed to negotiate a curve and crashed. His motorcycle collided with a guardrail then was struck by a passing truck.
The motorcyclist suffered lacerations and abrasions to his leg, hip, and back and was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. The driver of the truck was uninjured.
Washington State Patrol investigated the accident and cited the motorcyclist with driving too fast for conditions.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
- The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of motorcycle accidents. The driver of the other vehicle involved in collision with the motorcycle did not see the motorcycle before the collision, or did not see the motorcycle until too late to avoid the collision.
- Fifty-five percent of all reported fatal motorcycle crashes occurring nationally in 1998 involved multiple vehicle crashes and 45% occurred in single-vehicle crashes.
- Five crash types account for 86% of fatal motorcycle crashes: motorcycle runs-off-road 41%, motorcycle or other vehicle runs traffic control 18%, head-on collision 11%, car turns in front of cycle 8% and motorcycle goes down in roadway 7%.
- Forty-five percent of deaths in single-vehicle motorcycle crashes in 1998 included drivers with blood alcohol concentration at or above 0.10%.
- Nine out of 10 motorcycle deaths in 1998 were males. Seventy-seven percent of the females who died in a motorcycle crash were passengers and 98% of males who died were drivers.