Motorcyclist injured in Yakima collision

Story Highlights:
One injured in Yakima accident
Motorcycle collision caused by failure to negotiate turn



Date: April 30, 2011, 04/30/2011
Location: Yakima, Yakima County, Washington
Type: Motorcycle Accident
Outcome: One injured

A man was injured in a motorcycle collision in Yakima on Saturday night.


Around 11:15 p.m. 47-year-old Gary L. Pointer was headed north on SR 821 when he failed to negotiate a left turn and crashed his motorcycle.

He was taken to Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center for treatment of leg and chest injuries.

Washington State Patrol is investigating the accident and stated that drugs/alcohol were not factors in the crash.

Yakima 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: 3
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 2

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.

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The Washington motorcycle accident attorneys at Davis Law Group are experienced in helping injured motorcyclists in Washington obtain fair compensation for their losses. Our Washington based motorcycle lawyers can assist you in all aspects of your case including: questions about motorcycle repair or replacement, dealing with insurance adjustors, making sure your medical bills are paid, documenting your lost work and wages, and obtaining a fair settlement.
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