Renton, Washington – Hit-and-Run on Petrovitsky Road Downs Power Lines, Closes RoadRequest Free Consultation
Renton, Washington (November 22, 2019) – A work van crashed into a utility pole at the 12400 block of Southeast Petrovitsky Road on Friday afternoon and fled the scene. No other vehicles appear to be involved in the crash and no injuries have been reported. However, the incident caused power lines to be downed in the area, closing the road.
The crash was first reported around 1:40 p.m. The Renton Police Department reported that a taller white work van with no back windows caused the incident. While the crash caused the road to be closed, the lanes were reopened later in the day.
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, trees, and similar to this case, utility poles. 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.