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Puyallup, Washington – Truck Crashes Into Tree

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Posted on May 31, 2019

Puyallup, Washington (May 2019) – A truck crashed into a tree at the 100th block of 37th Avenue Southeast due to the driver suffering a medical emergency. However, no serious injuries were reported, and police have stated that “everyone is OK” after the incident.

The truck had turned from South Meridian to 37th Avenue Southeast when the driver suffered the medical episode. According to witness reports, the truck jumped the raised yellow curbing, jumping into a parking lot next to Shari’s before crashing into the tree. No other vehicles were involved. The date of this particular incident has not been specified, but it has been listed alongside other incidents in Puyallup’s Police Blotter in the range of May 24-28.

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.