Cyclist injured in Seattle crash

Story Highlights:

Date: October 20, 2011, 10/20/2011
Location: Seattle, King County, Washington
Type: Bicycle collision
Outcome: One injured

One person was injured in a bicycle collision in Seattle on Thursday night.

A man riding his bike in the right lane of Aurora Avenue North when he turned in front of a car that was driving in the middle lane.

The cyclist was taken to Harborview Medical Center with serious head injuries.

The driver was not injured and did not appear to be impaired in any way.

Seattle Police Department investigated the accident.  

Bicycle Accident Statistics

  • Head injuries account for 60 percent of cycling fatalities.
  • 1 in 8 of the cyclists with reported injuries has a traumatic brain injury. Two-thirds of bicycle accident deaths are from traumatic brain injuries.
  • In 2009, 630 bicyclists were killed and 51,000 were injured nationally.
  • Cyclist deaths made up 2 percent of all motor vehicle traffic deaths.
  • Seventy percent of bicyclist deaths occurr in urban areas.
  • The average age of bicyclists killed in traffic accidents in 2009 was 41. The average age for those injured was 31. 
  • More than eighty-five percent of people killed in 2009 in bicycle crashes were male. 
  • Nearly 31,000 were fatal, and more than 2 million people were injured.
  • The majority of fatal crashes involved only one vehicle (61 percent).
  • Nearly half of all fatal crashes occurred on roads with posted speed limits of 55 mph or higher.
  • The deadliest month for car crashes was August.
  • More than 2,864 fatal crashes occurred in 2009.
  • Most crashes happened between 5 and 5:59 p.m. on weekdays, and between 2 and 2:59 a.m. on weekends.

Vehicle entering stop or yield intersection.(RCW 46.61.190)

Preferential right-of-way may be indicated by stop signs or yield signs as authorized except when directed to proceed by a duly authorized flagger, or a police officer, or a firefighter vested by law with authority to direct, control, or regulate traffic, every driver of a vehicle approaching a stop sign shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, before entering a marked crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering the roadway, and after having stopped shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another roadway so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time when such driver is moving across or within the intersection or junction of roadways.

Seattle Bicycle Accident Attorneys

Serious bicycle accidents happen every day despite the fact that motor vehicle operators are required to exercise reasonable care when sharing the road with cyclists. If a car driver's reckless or negligent driving caused you or a family member to be injured, you may be entitled to compensation. Seattle bicycle accident attorney Chris Davis and the Davis Law Group, P.S. can help you. We understand the devastation that can occur as a result of being in a serious bicycle accident.
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