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Lynnwood, Washington – Suspected DUI Driver Injured in Single-Car Crash

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Posted on February 17, 2020

Lynnwood, Washington (February 15, 2020) – A driver suspected of DUI was injured in a single-vehicle crash that occurred on the 3500 block of 184th Street Southwest on Saturday. According to the report from KIRO7 News, the 35 year-old driver was taken to a hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries. A passenger inside the vehicle was reported to be okay. The circumstances of the crash were not mentioned in the report. The driver has been arrested for investigation of driving under the influence and hit-and run. The crash is 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 traffic barriers, utility poles, and similar to this case, trees. 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.