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Seattle, Washington – Woman Crashes Car Into Gas Pump at Greenwood Avenue

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Posted on November 7, 2019

Seattle, Washington (November 4, 2019) – A single-car crash occurred on the gas station at the 14400 block of Greenwood Avenue North on Monday morning. Fortunately no serious injuries were reported in the incident and police have arrested the driver of the crashed vehicle.

According to the report from the Seattle Police Department, the woman had been reported driving her car on the sidewalk in Greenword, where she appeared to have had a dispute with a pedestrian. Police later spotted her vehicle, but when officers activated their emergency lights the driver sped away. While cutting through the gas station, the driver lost control of her vehicle, causing her to crash into a gas pump. She attempted to flee on foot, but was caught by police. She has been booked into King County jail for eluding police and two felony warrants, and she was also cited for a hit-and-run where she had struck the fence of a business and caused a collision on Phinney Avenue.

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 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.