Washington State Patrol believes an unsafe lane change was the cause of SUV- motorcycle collision that took place on State Route 12 in Elma, Washington

Three Injured in Motorcycle-SUV Collision in Elma, Washington


Posted on Jul 27, 2013

Three people were injured and two were hospitalized after an SUV and a motorcycle collided on State Route 12 in Elma, Washington, on July 5, 2013. The Washington State Patrol believes that the crash was caused by an improper lane change by the driver of the motorcycle.

According to local news sources, the accident took place when a 43-year-old man driving a Honda Goldwing motorcycle was traveling in the right lane and attempted to merge into the left lane, striking the front passenger side of an SUV already traveling in the lane. The bike slid to the left and the SUV could not avoid a second collision – both the bike and the SUV ran off the right side of the road and the SUV rolled over.

The two people in the SUV – ages 48-years and 22-years – and the motorcyclist were all injured in the crash. The SUV’s driver and passenger were transported by ambulance to Grays Harbor Community Hospital, where they were treated and released. The motorcyclist was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, for treatment and was initially listed in serious condition.

Police at the scene believe that the motorcycle driver might have been at fault for the accident when he failed to see the SUV traveling in the left lane. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. The accident is still under investigation and no charges or citations have been made at this time.

Seattle motorcycle accident attorney Andrew Kim wishes all three crash victims a swift and complete recovery.

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