Everett, Washington – Eight People Injured in Series of CollisionsRequest Free Consultation
Everett, Washington (July 22, 2019) – A total of eight people were reported injured in a series of collisions caused by a pickup truck on the intersection of Everett Avenue and Broadway on Monday evening. The identities of the victims have not been released, but all of them were said to have come from Everett. One victim was transported in critical condition, and another victim required extrication from their vehicle. The victims were taken to Providence Hospital for treatment. The driver of the pickup truck was said to have sustained serious injuries and was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
The crashes involved six cars and occurred sometime around 7:30 p.m. on Monday. According to witness statements, the pickup truck was speeding prior to the accident. One car on the scene was also reported on fire when firefighters arrived. It is believed speed and alcohol played a factor in the collisions. The accident caused the road to be closed for four hours as investigation was ongoing.
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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.