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Bellevue, Washington – Two People Injured in Crash Involving Eight Vehicles

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Posted on November 13, 2019

Bellevue, Washington (November 12, 2019) – Two people were taken to the hospital following a crash involving eight vehicles at the intersection of Richards Road and Southeast 36th Street on Tuesday evening. The two patients were reported to have sustained minor injuries in the incident.

The crash occurred around 6 p.m. According to the report from investigators, a a driver cut across another vehicle, causing the driver to lose control and swerve into oncoming lanes. This caused a chain-reaction of crashes that involved six other vehicles. The driver of the vehicle that lost control was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Officers from the Bellevue Police Department are looking for the driver of the car that cut across the first vehicle. The scene was cleared by 7 p.m.

About Vehicle Accidents

According to 2016 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 29 people die everyday from vehicle accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver, which translates to a death every 50 minutes. Additionally, 2016 data also points to 28% of all traffic-related deaths in America. Driving under influence covers not only alcohol-impaired drivers, but also those under the influence of other substances. Drugs other than alcohol accounted for 16% of vehicle crashes in 2015 data. Marijuana use in particular is rising, with 13% of nighttime weekends drivers being found with marijuana in their system. Whether impaired by alcohol, narcotics, or any other substances, the dangers of driving under influence should be clear. Driving is an activity that requires awareness at all times and following street regulations as much as possible. Being under the influence of other substances brings down road awareness, as well as closing down reflex skills and attention.

We urge everyone to be in a stable health condition before going behind the wheel. Any condition that can cause impairments on your judgement puts many people at risk, which goes not only for drivers but pedestrians as well. Aside from the obvious dangers of drunk driving, it would also help to identify busy roads and try to avoid being in their proximity to minimize any risk of a vehicle accident. Any mistake can lead to injuries and damage not only to your person, but on other people as well. Our sympathies and compassion for anyone who was caught up in a vehicle accident due to intoxicated drivers.