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Everett, Washington – Two People Injured After Car Collides With Tree Off I-5

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Posted on February 13, 2020

Everett, Washington (February 9, 2020) – Two people were injured after their vehicle crashed into a tree at milepost 186 of Interstate 5. According to the article from KGMI, the crash injured both driver, 24 year-old Jackson Stoll from Bellingham, and a passenger from Shoreline, and they were both taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. No further word about their conditions were given. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

According to the information given by the Washington State Patrol, Stoll was headed north on the Interstate 5. Just before 1 a.m., his car veered off the road and ended up crashing into a tree. The crash is under investigation, and it has not been determined if drugs or alcohol were involved.

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, utility poles, and similar to this case, trees. 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.