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Burien, Washington – Semi-Truck Collision at SR 99

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Posted on April 30, 2019

Burien, Washington (April 29, 2019) – A collision involving a semi-truck was reported on the State Route 99 at 14th Avenue South around 4 p.m. The truck appears to have crashed into the cable barrier on the highway. It is unclear if other vehicles were involved. There have been no reported injuries from the incident. The accident blocked the road for some time, but has been reported to be cleared.

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It is fortunate that no one was reported to be injured in this incident. Victims of car crashes are not always lucky – 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 trees, utility poles, and similar to this case, traffic barriers. 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.

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