Updated on: 8/20/2018
Two people on a motorcycle were killed Saturday when a pickup truck hit them head-on on State Route 4 in Cathlamet, according to the Washington State Patrol.
State Patrol said a Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by a 22-year-old Longview man crossed the center line around 1 p.m. and hit two motorcycles west of Cathlamet. The 56-year-old male driver and 54-year-old female passenger, both from Vancouver, on the first motorcycle both died.
The 56-year-old male driver and 56-year-old female passenger, both from Sequim, on the second motorcycle were seriously injured. Both were airlifted to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver.
Impairment was not believed to be a factor in the collision. All four motorcycle riders were wearing helmets and both drivers had valid motorcycle endorsements.
The crash is still under investigation. The driver faces charges of negligent driving in the second degree.
SR 4 was blocked for several hours as police collected evidence and used a drone to map the scene.
Location of the Crash
Causes of Head-On Collisions Involving Motorcycles
Almost every head-on collision involves some sort of negligence or the breach of a legal duty of care. And when one or more motorcycles are in the mix, the results can be serious and potentially deadly.
When a driver breaches their duty of care, they put others in danger. They violate this duty by acting and behaving recklessly, even if not intentionally.
This driving behavior often includes:
- Drugs and/or alcohol
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Unsafe lane changes
- Blind curves
- Improper left-hand turns
- Failure to yield
When negligence causes a wreck, the at-fault party must compensate the victim for their losses. If injuries or death are involved, the driver’s insurance company should cover emergency care, medical treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering, etc. If someone was killed in the accident, eligible family members may pursue a wrongful death claim.
Protect Your Legal Rights After an Accident
It is extremely important to seek medical attention and speak with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. In order to achieve a successful result, it is vital that you have a lawyer handling your case who has a background in representing injured riders. If you wait too long to hire a lawyer, key pieces of evidence and critical witnesses may disappear and impact the ability to win your case.
Call Seattle-based Davis Law Group, P.S., the law firm that has represented hundreds of injured motorcyclists in Washington state. Call us at (206) 727-4000 for a complimentary case evaluation or contact us online