Date: September 23, 2011, 09/23/2011
Location: Leavenworth, Chelan County, Washington
Type: Motorcycle accident
Outcome: One injured
One person was injured in a motorcycle accident near Leavenworth on Friday night.
While driving east on Highway 2, a 49-year-old man veered off the road and crashed his motorcycle into a rail and was thrown from it.
The motorcyclist was injured and taken to Harborview Medical Center.
Washington State Patrol is investigating the accident, but the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The cause has not yet been reported.
Leavenworth, Washington Fatal Accident Statistics
- Fatal accident count: 1
- Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 2
- Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 0
- Fatalities: 1
- Persons involved in fatal accidents: 1
- Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 0
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
- The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of motorcycle accidents. The driver of the other vehicle involved in collision with the motorcycle did not see the motorcycle before the collision, or did not see the motorcycle until too late to avoid the collision.
- Fifty-five percent of all reported fatal motorcycle crashes occurring nationally in 1998 involved multiple vehicle crashes and 45% occurred in single-vehicle crashes.
- Five crash types account for 86% of fatal motorcycle crashes: motorcycle runs-off-road 41%, motorcycle or other vehicle runs traffic control 18%, head-on collision 11%, car turns in front of cycle 8% and motorcycle goes down in roadway 7%.
- Forty-five percent of deaths in single-vehicle motorcycle crashes in 1998 included drivers with blood alcohol concentration at or above 0.10%.
- Nine out of 10 motorcycle deaths in 1998 were males. Seventy-seven percent of the females who died in a motorcycle crash were passengers and 98% of males who died were drivers.