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Port Orchard, Washington – Two People Hospitalized After Vehicle Crashed Into Tree

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Posted on May 23, 2019

Port Orchard, Washington (May 19, 2019) – Two people were hospitalized after the pickup truck they were in crashed into a tree at the 5000 block of Bethel Road Southeast on Sunday afternoon. They required extrication from their damaged vehicle and were taken to an area hospital for treatment. The extent of their injuries is unknown.

The collision happened around 4:45 p.m in front of Martel Mobile Manor mobile home park. When rescue crews arrived the two victims were trapped inside the vehicle, the front of which had sustained severe damage from the crash. A dog was also found uninjured inside the vehicle and was put into the care of Kitsap Animal Control. The cause of the crash is being investigated, but according to preliminary investigation one of the people in the truck had a seizure.

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.