Olympia, Washington – One Man Killed in Head-On Collision Involving a Truck and a Car
Posted on Thursday, July 4th, 2019 at 3:02 am
Olympia, Washington (June 29, 2019) – One man was killed after colliding head-on with a truck on Yelm Highway Southeast on early Saturday morning. The victim, identified as Mario Gastelum of Olympia, was said to have died on the scene. The truck driver, a 47 year-old woman, was not injured but arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide as it was believed that she was driving under the influence at the time of the accident.
The collision happened around 2:45 a.m. The victim was heading east on the highway when his car struck a guardrail. It was hen believed that the victim over-corrected and drove into the westbound lane, colliding with the pickup truck on the 8700 block of Yelm Highway Southeast. No road closures have been announced.
About Vehicle Accidents
We offer our sympathies and compassion to the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only case of vehicle accident which involves a fatality. In 2017, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) have reported a total of 120, 993 car accidents. Of those accidents, 525 were fatal ad 34, 311 were possible or suspected of injuries. On the other hand, the state of Washington’s 2015 Annual Collision Data Summary reported that 6,091 commercial vehicle or heavy trucks were involved in collisions in 2015. These crashes included 38 fatal collisions, 85 serious injury collisions, 1,352 minor injury collisions, 4,565 property damage collisions, and 51 unknown injury collisions.
Give the size and build difference between cars and trucks, collisions between the two often result in dangerous situations. Specifically, trucks can weigh 20-30 times more than passenger cars, and their height and greater ground clearance can cause smaller vehicles to be more easily toppled in car-truck accidents. Consequently, studies have proven that most deaths in large truck accidents are passenger vehicle occupants, who are more vulnerable in case of collision. However, in a 2013 study, most car-truck accidents are often caused by car drivers, with relation to driver errors. Regardless of which vehicle you are driving, one must always exercise caution on the road. With both cars and trucks, drivers must be responsible for making sure their vehicle is in a good condition and not prone to vehicle failure, and to always consider the road and weather conditions.
If you have been injured in an accident, or have lost a loved one to the reckless actions of another, the Seattle personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee are poised to help you fight back. We have helped numerous people through the legal process and are ready to aggressively represent you as well. Contact us at (206) 899-5415 or online to speak with an attorney today.
Note: The attorneys with The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee send our hearts out to the victims of serious accidents. Even though we see the pain and suffering accident victims endure through our daily work, it never becomes easier to hear such tragic news. We compose our blog using publicly available news sources. Sometimes stories are updated as more details surface. If our post becomes outdated or inaccurate, please let us know so that we may update it.
Disclaimer: This blog's aim is to increase awareness of severe injuries and their effects so that fewer individuals and families go through the painful and traumatic process of seeing a loved one hurt or killed in an accident. These are difficult topics, but we hope that our readers can use the information found here to help them avoid being involved in an accident. The information presented here does not construe legal advice.