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Grays Harbor County, Washington – One Woman Injured After Car Strikes Cable Barrier on Highway 12

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Posted on January 30, 2020

Grays Harbor County, Washington (January 30, 2020) – A woman was injured in a single-vehicle crash at Highway 12. According to the report from KXRO News Radio, the driver, an 18 year-old woman from Nespelem, was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital for treatment. No other vehicles appear to be involved and no other injuries were reported in the incident.

According to information from the Washington State Patrol, the woman was driving east on State Route 12 when her vehicle left the roadway and struck the barrier cable. This crash also totaled the vehicle and blocked the highway for over an hour and a half. The driver now faces charges for speeding and not wearing a seat belt.

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 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.


Note: The exact location of the crash has not been given.