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Federal Way, Washington – Woman Killed, Child Injured After Car Crashes into Tree

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Posted on November 24, 2019

Federal Way, Washington (November 24, 2019) – A woman was killed and a child injured after their car crashed into a tree on 34200 block of 1st Avenue South on Sunday morning. The woman driving the car was not wearing a seat belt and died in the crash. A 9 year-old boy in the vehicle sustained minor injuries and has been taken to a hospital for treatment.

The incident started around 10 a.m. when officers a car being recklessly driven at the 500 block of South 348th Street. officers attempted to stop the car, but the woman continued driving. She later lost control of her vehicle, leading to the crash. The incident is being investigated by the Washington State Patrol.

About Vehicle Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only time a car crash has resulted in a fatality. 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.