Seattle, Washington – Four People Injured in Suspected DUI Crash
Posted on Monday, February 10th, 2020 at 2:03 am
Seattle, Washington (February 6, 2020) – Four people were injured in a head-on collision that occurred on the 2500 block of Westlake Avenue North on Thursday night. According to the report from KOMO News, the driver and two women passengers from the causing vehicle were trapped in this car and were extricated by firefighters. At least one of the passengers was significantly injured in the incident, and all three were taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. The driver will be booked into King County Jail after being released from the hospital. The driver of the other vehicle sustained minor injuries and did not require treatment at a hospital.
According to the article, crews responded to the scene around 10:20 p.m. The causing vehicle was found to have been heading south on the road when it crossed the center line and collided head-on with a northbound vehicle. The causing driver was suspected to be impaired and a search warrant has been requested for a blood draw to determine the level of impairment. The incident caused Westlake Avenue North to be closed while investigation and cleanup were ongoing.
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.
If you have been injured in an accident, or have lost a loved one to the reckless actions of another, the Seattle personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee are poised to help you fight back. We have helped numerous people through the legal process and are ready to aggressively represent you as well. Contact us at (206) 899-5415 or online to speak with an attorney today.
Note: The attorneys with The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee send our hearts out to the victims of serious accidents. Even though we see the pain and suffering accident victims endure through our daily work, it never becomes easier to hear such tragic news. We compose our blog using publicly available news sources. Sometimes stories are updated as more details surface. If our post becomes outdated or inaccurate, please let us know so that we may update it.
Disclaimer: This blog's aim is to increase awareness of severe injuries and their effects so that fewer individuals and families go through the painful and traumatic process of seeing a loved one hurt or killed in an accident. These are difficult topics, but we hope that our readers can use the information found here to help them avoid being involved in an accident. The information presented here does not construe legal advice.