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SeaTac, Washington – Four People Injured in Suspected DUI Crash

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Posted on May 27, 2019

SeaTac, Washington (May 26, 2019) – Four people were injured in a crash that occurred on the 20700 block of International Boulevard South on Sunday morning. Two women and one woman from the wreckage were found in critical condition, while another man was in serious condition. All four of the victims were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The circumstances leading up to the crash has not been determined, however alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash. The response crews arrived on the scene around 10:15 a.m. Another person was also in the vehicle at the time of the crash, but fled the scene on foot.  There is no word yet on this person’s condition. The crash site 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 trees, traffic barriers, 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 at excessive speeds, 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.