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Lynnwood, Washington – One Person Dead in Car Crash at I-5

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Posted on September 11, 2019

Lynnwood, Washington (Sptember 8, 2019) – One person was reported to have died in a car accident, involving a wrong-way crash and a collision at Interstate 5 near 212th Street Southwest on Sunday morning. The , Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Jose G. Alonso Martinez from Snohomish, with the cause of death being blunt-force injuries. The driver of the vehicle which collided with Mrtinez’s car was not injured in the incident.

According to the report, Martinez was driving the wrong way on the Interstate 5 on early Sunday morning. He crashed into a concrete barrier near 212th Street Southwest, and while Martinez’s car was stopped, another car struck his vehicle. The cause of the collision remains under investigation.

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.

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