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Montesano, Washington – Driver Hospitalized After Crashing Into Barriers Multiple Times

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Posted on June 27, 2019

Montesano, Washington (June 25, 2019) – A man was injured after his car crashed multiple times between guardrails on the State Route 12 a mile west of Montesano. He has been taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment. The victim was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

According to the report from the Washington State Patrol, the driver was heading west when he drifted into the median, over-corrected, and then went back and forth across the road, hitting the guardrails on both sides in the process. The car eventually came to rest near the right guardrail. The vehicle was totaled in the crash. The accident caused the closure of the westbound lanes of the highways for a few hours. The cause of the accident 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 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.