One dead, one injured in Pierce County accident
Motorcycle collision caused by swerving to avoid deer
Date: July 24, 2011, 07/24/2011
Location: Pierce County, Washington
Type: Motorcycle collision
Outcome: One dead, One injured
A woman was killed in a motorcycle accident in Pierce County on Sunday.
Around 5 p.m. 43-year-old Elise A. Arnits was traveling westbound on State Route 706 when she swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway and was struck by another motorcycle.
Arnits died at the scene. The other motorcyclist was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital.
Washington State Fatal Accident Statistics
Fatalities occurred almost equally during daytime hours (49.7%) and nighttime hours (50.3%) from 1997 to 2006. The time of day with the highest number of fatalities was between 2 pm and 5:59 pm with 22.1%, followed by 6 pm to 9:59 pm with 19.7%. Research indicates only 10-15% of traffic volume occurs during the nighttime hours. If we use a conservative estimate of 20%, we find the nighttime fatality rate per vehicle-miles-traveled is consistently 3-4 times higher than the daytime rate.
A majority of fatalities occurred between July and September from 1997 to 2006 (30.7%). The single month with the highest number of fatalities was July with 10.9%, while the month with the lowest number of fatalities was February with 6.5%. From 1997 to 2006, 59% of fatal traffic collisions were single-vehicle involved. In addition, 44.7% of those single-vehicle collisions were impaired-driver-involved. Males continue to be involved in the majority of traffic collisions—representing 69.1% of fatalities from 1997-2006. This difference is most prominent in the 21-30 age group, where they comprise 78.3% of the total.
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.
Seattle Wrongful Death Attorneys
Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group sends out their heartfelt condolences for the family and friends of Elise A. Arnits and hope they can find a knowledgeable wrongful death lawyer that will help settle their case and get them the compensation they deserve for suffering such a tragic loss. If you or a family member has suffered as the result of a car accident Seattle car 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 auto accident. We are committed to helping car accident, trucking accident, and motorcycle accident victims recover the just and fair compensation they are entitled to receive under the law.