Story Highlights:One injured in Bremerton accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by failure to see bicyclist
Date: May 1, 2011, 05/01/2011
Location: Bremerton, Kitsap County, Washington
Type: Bicycle accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One injured
A child was injured in a collision while riding his bike on Sunday in Bremerton.
An 8-year-old boy was struck by a truck while riding through the intersection of Opal Court and Old Military Road. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
The truck driver, a 30-year-old man, had two passengers, a six-year-old boy and two-year-old girl, was going the speed limit. None of them were injured.
Kitsap authorities confirmed that the driver did not see the child racing down the hill on his bike until it was too late to avoid collision. Speed, alcohol, or drugs were not factors in the collision.
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 Child Injury Attorneys
According to a report issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), more than 2,000 children are killed in accidents or die from an unintentional injury every day. And every year tens of millions of children are left with life-long disabilities. Every child has the right to have a safe, healthy, and happy childhood. Unfortunately, it is all too easy for a defenseless child to fall victim to the negligence, recklessness, or malice of others. When preventable injuries befall our precious children, it is only right that we demand and fight for justice. When tragedy strikes you may need the help of an experienced child injury lawyer call Chris Davis and the team at Davis Law Group.