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Silverdale, Washington – Two Injured in ATV Accident, Possible DUI

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Posted on May 21, 2019

Silverdale, Washington (May 19, 2019) – Two people sustained serious injuries after an accident involving an ATV. The two victims, a 58 year-old man and a 19 year-old woman were found next to the overturned ATV. The man’s injuries required an airlift to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition. The woman was taken to a hospital in Tacoma and was reported to have stable signs.

According to investigators there was a gravel pit area popular for ATV driving and horseback riding. It is believed that the man was driving at a high rate of speed on one of the gravel roads when he was unable to turn to the left. This cause the vehicle to leave the roadway and go airborne for a distance, before tumbling down and ending up in a pond. The two victims were ejected at one point in the incident, which may have been the cause of their injuries. Alcohol was smelled on the driver, but a blood draw could not be performed as he needed to be transported to Harborview. The case is being investigated as potential vehicular assault.

About Car Accidents

According to 2016 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 29 people die everyday from vehicle accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver, which translates to a death every 50 minutes. Additionally, 2016 data also points to 28% of all traffic-related deaths in America. Driving under influence covers not only alcohol-impaired drivers, but also those under the influence of other substances. Drugs other than alcohol accounted for 16% of vehicle crashes in 2015 data. Marijuana use in particular is rising, with 13% of nighttime weekends drivers being found with marijuana in their system. Whether impaired by alcohol, narcotics, or any other substances, the dangers of driving under influence should be clear. Driving is an activity that requires awareness at all times and following street regulations as much as possible. Being under the influence of other substances brings down road awareness, as well as closing down reflex skills and attention.

We urge everyone to be in a stable health condition before going behind the wheel. Any condition that can cause impairments on your judgement puts many people at risk, which goes not only for drivers but pedestrians as well. Aside from the obvious dangers of drunk driving, it would also help to identify busy roads and try to avoid being in their proximity to minimize any risk of a vehicle accident. Any mistake can lead to injuries and damage not only to your person, but on other people as well. Our sympathies and compassion for anyone who was caught up in a vehicle accident due to intoxicated drivers.