Kirkland, Washington – Driver Dies After Vehicle Strikes Barrier and Catches on Fire
Posted on Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 at 4:10 am
Kirkland, Washington (October 29, 2019) – The driver of a van died in a crash off the Interstate 405 ramp at Northeast 128th Street on Tuesday morning. The driver, who was described as a 49 year-old man, was pronounced dead on the scene. While the incident was connected to an earlier hit and run and debris from the crash struck another vehicle, no other injuries were reported in the incident.
According to preliminary investigation, the van was northbound on Interstate 405 when it struck another car and fled, going off the highway at Northeast 128th Street. Around 10:30 a.m., the van went though the red light at the intersection and crashed into a concrete barrier. The impact caused the vehicle to catch on fire, which firefighters extinguished. The incident caused the ramps to be closed, as well as parts of Northeast 128th Street.
About Vehicle Accidents
We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only fatal case of a vehicle accident. 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.
If you have been injured in an accident, or have lost a loved one to the reckless actions of another, the Seattle personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee are poised to help you fight back. We have helped numerous people through the legal process and are ready to aggressively represent you as well. Contact us at (206) 899-5415 or online to speak with an attorney today.
Note: The attorneys with The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee send our hearts out to the victims of serious accidents. Even though we see the pain and suffering accident victims endure through our daily work, it never becomes easier to hear such tragic news. We compose our blog using publicly available news sources. Sometimes stories are updated as more details surface. If our post becomes outdated or inaccurate, please let us know so that we may update it.
Disclaimer: This blog's aim is to increase awareness of severe injuries and their effects so that fewer individuals and families go through the painful and traumatic process of seeing a loved one hurt or killed in an accident. These are difficult topics, but we hope that our readers can use the information found here to help them avoid being involved in an accident. The information presented here does not construe legal advice.