A male bicyclist in his 30s was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with a critical head injury after being hit by a red van that then fled the scene of the bicycle accident.
The Seattle Bike Blog said the accident occurred about 7pm on Monday as the bicyclist was riding northbound in the outside lane in the 2200 block of 1st Avenue and Blanchard Streets in Belltown.
Witnesses described the vehicle that hit the cyclist as a 1990s red minivan. The van was also traveling northbound. Hopefully police will locate the van’s driver who could face charges of felony hit-and-run, Washington Vehicle Code RCW 46.52.020.
Approximately two percent of motor vehicle accident deaths are bicyclists. In 2009, there were 630 fatal bicycle accidents and 549 of those were male and 81 were female. In 91% of fatal accidents, the cyclist was not wearing a helmet despite the fact that they reduce head injury risk by 85%. In Washington state there were 7.4 bicycle accident deaths per 100,000 people in 2009.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in bicycle accidents and the family of those killed. With the help of a skilled personal injury attorney, you may be able to obtain compensation for your damages.
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