Motorcyclist injured by DUI driver in Maple Valley

Story Highlights:
One injured in Maple Valley accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by DUI



Date: April 29, 2011, 04/29/2011
Location: Maple Valley, King County, Washington
Type: Motorcycle accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One injured

A motorcyclist was critically injured in a DUI collision in Maple Valley on Friday night.

Around 8:45 p.m. a man was heading down Highway 169 on his motorcycle, attempting to pass a Jeep Grand Cherokee near 214th street, when the vehicle swerved and hit him.

The motorcyclist was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries including several broken bones.

The driver of the Jeep was taken into police custody for suspicion of driving under the influence and could face vehicular assault charges. Washington State Patrol also believes that the driver may have convicted of DUI in the past.

The accident is still under investigation.

Maple Valley Fatal Accident Statistics for 2007
Fatal accident count: 1
Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 1
Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 0
Fatalities: 1
Persons involved in fatal accidents: 0
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 1

Washington State Drunk Driving Law (See RCW 46.61.502)
A person is guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug if the person drives a vehicle within this state:
(a) And the person has, within two hours after driving, an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher as shown by analysis of the person's breath or blood made under RCW 46.61.506; or (b) While the person is under the influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor or any drug
(c) While the person is under the combined influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor and any drug.

Drunk Driving Accident Statistics
Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle collisions. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 16,694 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in the United States in 2004. This figure represents 39% of all traffic incident deaths. In fact, more than 500,000 Americans are injured annually in drunken driving crashes. In 2008, 255 people in Washington State lost their lives in fatal alcohol related motor vehicle collisions. One hundred eighty-two (182) of those accidents involved a drunk driver whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.08 or higher. In Washington State, 34% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes involve a driver that was under the influence of alcohol.

Seattle Drunk Driving Accident Victims Attorneys
In Washington State, 54% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes involve a driver that was under the influence of alcohol. In 2009 265 people in Washington State lost their lives in drunk driving crashes. In Washingon State there is a sharp increase in the number of drunk driving incidents near major holidays. The drunk driving victim lawyers at Davis Law Group have experience dealing with collisions that were caused by someone who was under the influence of alcohol. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed due to drunk driving crash Seattle attorney Christopher Davis has a team of dedicated and experienced lawyers th at will fight for the highest possible compensation for you.
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