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Hoodsport, Washington – Two People Injured after Car Crashes into Power Pole

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Posted on November 24, 2019

Hoodsport, Washington (November 22, 2019) – Two people sustained injuries in a car crash that occurred on the 23409 blcok of Highway 101 south of Hoodsport on Friday afternoon. The two people were taken to a hospital following the crash, but there has bee no further word on their current conditions. No other vehicles appear to be involved in the crash.

According to the report from the Washington State Patrol, the steering of the car failed, causing it to veer off the road and strike a power pole, which caused it to roll over to its side inside a carport. The incident caused power lines to be downed in the area, and it took five hours to repair the lines. The crash also caused northbound Highway 101 to be closed as investigation and cleanup was ongoing.

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