Date: September 3, 2011, 09/03/2011
Location: Orting, Pierce County, Washington
Type: Motorcycle collision
Outcome: One injured
A man was injured in a motorcycle collision near Orting on Saturday afternoon.
Around noon, a 55-year-old man was heading west on Highway 162 when he attempted to pass a John Deere tractor but failed and crashed into it.
The motorcycle was totaled and the driver was taken to St. Joseph Hospital for treatment. The tractor driver was uninjured.
Neither drugs nor alcohol were factors in the crash. Washington State Patrol blames negligent driving and possible charges are pending.
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.