Teens injured in Wapato motorcycle accident

Story Highlights:
One injured in Wapato accident
Motorcycle accident caused by unsafe passing

Date: July 2, 2011
Location: Wapato, Yakima County, Washington
Type: Motorcycle accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One injured

A teenager was injured in a collision near Wapato on Saturday.

Around 8:15 p.m. Andrez Acevedo and Roman A. Hernandez, both 16-years-old, were heading east on Progressive Road when they attempted to pass a pickup truck and were struck as the truck turned left into a driveway.

Acevedo was transported to Harborview Medical Center where he remains in critical condition. Hernandez was taken to Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center and was released on Sunday. The driver of the truck, 41-year-old James L. Smiskin, was not injured.

Washington State Patrol has concluded that the cause of the crash was unsafe passing and both teens were not wearing the appropriate safety gear.

Keep right except when passing (RCW 46.61.100)
Upon all roadways of sufficient width a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the roadway, except as follows:

     (a) When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction under the rules governing such movement;

     (b) When an obstruction exists making it necessary to drive to the left of the center of the highway; provided, any person so doing shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles traveling in the proper direction upon the unobstructed portion of the highway within such distance as to constitute an immediate hazard;

     (c) Upon a roadway divided into three marked lanes and providing for two-way movement traffic under the rules applicable thereon;

     (d) Upon a street or highway restricted to one-way traffic; or

     (e) Upon a highway having three lanes or less, when approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle, tow truck or other vehicle providing roadside assistance while operating warning lights with three hundred sixty degree visibility, or police vehicle


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.

Seattle Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
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