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Aberdeen, Washington – Driver Hospitalized After Crashing into Power Pole

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Posted on June 5, 2019

Aberdeen, Washington (May 29, 2019) – The driver of a car which crashed into a power pole on the 1800 block of Bel Aire Avenue was hospitalized following the incident. The man was taken to the Grays Harbor Community Hospital for medical treatment, though the extent of his injuries has not been specified.

The crash happened 9:10 p.m. on Wednesday night. The car sheared off the power pole just above the ground, and the vehicle flipped onto its top after the crash. Witnesses then said that the man fled the scene on foot, but was later found and taken into custody. It is believed speeding or impairment were factors in the crash. The man has pending charges of DUI, hit and run, obstructing a law enforcement officer, and resisting arrest upon his release. The vehicle was totaled in the accident, and repairs had to be done to the damaged infrastructures.

About Vehicle Accidents

According to facts from the Insurance Institute Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute, about 20% of vehicle crash deaths are from striking a fixed object along the side of the road. The top three fixed objects that are struck in these cases are traffic barriers, trees, and similar to this case, utility poles. As for the causes of crashing into these objects, the case is generally that of driver error. Some of the top contributing factors are alcohol, driving under excessive speed, falling asleep or simply driver inattention. Additionally, a car crash caused by another vehicle can cause another vehicle to crash into another fixed object. Some situational factors are road conditions, weather, and poor visibility. In relation to poor visibility, almost half of the fatalities in crashes involving fixed objects are said to have occurred at night. While there are options such as placing breakaway or shielding objects along roads, or increasing the visibility of such fixed objects, the best solution is often to remove the fixed object if possible.

Regardless of the type of vehicle accident, the best way to solve a car accident is to try and prevent it. We urge all drivers to follow traffic regulations on the road. This includes following road safety, making sure one’s vehicle is stable and ready for the road, and making sure that one is not under the influence of drugs or alcohol before getting behind the wheel. Additionally, one should take extra caution on roads where there are possible hazards. In doing these steps, we can ensure our chances of avoiding any loss, damage, death or injuries while on the street.