Date: October 31, 2011, 10/31/2011
Location: Clearview, Snohomish County, Washington
Type: Car accident
Outcome: One injured
One person was injured in a motorcycle accident near Clearview on Monday morning.
Around 7 a.m. a 48-year-old male was riding his motorcycle on Highway 9 when he was forced to avoid stopped traffic and drove onto the shoulder. He crashed into a 17-year-old girl who was turning onto 176th Street SE.
The motorcyclist was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries and the other driver was not injured.
Washington State Patrol is investigating the accident and it was caused by speeding and/or inattention.
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.