Bicyclist struck by car in Olympia

Story Highlights:
Two injured in Olympia accident
Motor vehicle vs. Bicycle collision cause unknown

Date: April 30, 2011, 04/30/2011
Location: Olympia, Thurston County, Washington
Type: Bicycle accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: Two injured

A man was injured while riding his bike in Olympia on Saturday.

Around 10 a.m. a man was riding his bicycle down Martin Way Northeast when he was struck by a car. The bicyclist didn't have identification but was thought to be in his 30's or early 40's. He was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital then transferred to Harborview Medical Center. The driver was also treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The accident remains under investigation by Olympia police and anyone with additional information is asked to contact them at 360-753-8300.

Olympia Fatal Accident Statistics for 2009
Fatal accident count: 1
Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 1
Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 0
Fatalities: 1
Persons involved in fatal accidents: 2
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 1

National Bicycle Accident Statistics
  • In 1999, there were 750 bicycling fatalities and 51,000 bicycling injuries resulting from traffic crashes in the United States. While these numbers continue to decrease from year to year, bicyclist fatalities still account for 2 percent of all traffic fatalities as well as 2 percent of all traffic injuries.
  • 660 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles in 2002. This is 9 percent fewer than in 2001 and down 34 percent since 1975.
  • Bicycle deaths are most likely to occur in summer. Deaths are most likely to occur on Fridays and Saturdays. The peak time is 3-9 pm.
  • Ninety-eight percent of bicyclists killed in 1999 reportedly weren't wearing helmets.
  • Deaths of older bicyclists are an increasing problem.
  • Seventy-one percent of 1999 bicycle deaths were riders 16 years and older. This compares with 32 percent of bicycle deaths in 1975.
  • Four states (California, Florida, New York, and Texas) accounted for 43 percent of bicycle deaths in 1999.
  • More bicyclists were killed in urban areas than in rural areas (64 percent compared with 36 percent) in 1999. Thirty-five percent of bicycle deaths in 1999 occurred at intersections. Fifty-seven percent of bicycle deaths in 1999 occurred on major roads, and 37 percent occurred on local roads.
  • Fifty-nine percent of bicycle deaths among children younger than 13 and 27 percent of adult bicycle deaths occur on minor roads. Adult bicyclists are more likely than children to be killed on major roads (67 percent compared with 38 percent).

Seattle Bicycle Accident Victim Attorneys
 If you or a family member has suffered as the result of a crosswalk, pedestrian, or bicycle accident in Washington state, pedestrian accident attorney Chris Davis and the Davis Law Group, P.S. can help you. We are committed to helping injured pedestrians recover the just and fair compensation they are entitled to receive under the law. Statistically, children under age 16 are the most likely to be struck by a car, but elderly victims are the most likely to die as a result of bicycle, pedestrian or crosswalk accident injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Washington bicycle or pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to significant compensation under the law.
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