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Port Townsend, Washington – Three People Dead After Car Collides with Tree at SR 19

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Posted on November 11, 2019

Port Townsend, Washington (November 11, 2019) – Three people died in a crash that occurred at milepost 12 of State Route 19 on Monday morning. The victims were a 21 year-old woman from Port Hadlock, an 18 year-old man from Bremerton, and the driver, a 20 year-old man from Port Townsend. Troopers are reported to be notifying the relatives of the victims about the accident.

The incident occurred around 5:30 a.m. on State Route 19 near Four Corners Road. The cause of the crash is under investigation, but it appears the car drifted to the right, causing it to strike a tree. The incident was reported to have caused State Route 20 to be blocked on Monday morning, but reopened later in the day around 1:30 a.m.

About Vehicle Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only time a car crash has resulted in a fatality. 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.

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