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Kirkland, Washington – Driver Dies After Vehicle Strikes Barrier and Catches on Fire

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Posted on October 30, 2019

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.