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Custer, Washington – Driver Killed In Single-Car Crash at I-5

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Posted on August 12, 2019

Custer, Washington (August 8, 2019) – A man was killed in a single car crash at the Interstate 5 near the Birch Bay Lynden Road exit on Thursday afternoon. The victim, identified as Terence J. Elliott from Blaine, died on the scene. He was reported to be wearing his seat belt when the crash happened.

The crash occurred around 5:05 p.m. According to the report from the Washington State Patrol, Elliott was driving northbound on the Interstate 5 when he struck the guardrail along the off ramp to Exit 270. This caused his vehicle to leave the roadway and crash down an embankment, with the vehicle ending up in a ditch. The cause of the crash is under investigation. It is not known if drugs or alcohol were a factor, but the initial cause is believed to be a medical emergency.

About Vehicle Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only case of a fatality associated with a car accident. 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 utility poles, trees, 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.