Spokane, Washington - Man Dies After Pickup Truck Crashes on Interstate 90
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Spokane, Washington – Man Dies After Pickup Truck Crashes on Interstate 90

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Posted on December 30, 2019

Spokane, Washington (December 27, 2019) – A man died at the scene of a crash on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 on early Friday morning. The victim has been identified as Mykola Tretyak from Albany, Oregon. According to the Washington State Patrol the victim was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

According to the report from The Spokesman-Review, Tretyak was driving on the Interstate 90 8 miles west of Spokane. In the area between Salnave Road and Four Lakes exits he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a guardrail. This caused Tretyak’s vehicle to roll down a hill in the median and onto the shoulder of the westbound lanes. The trailer that was being pulled by his vehicle got detached in the incident and remained on the eastbound lanes. The Washington State Patrol has determined speed to be the cause of the crash.

About Vehicle Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion to the friends and loved ones of the victims. Unfortunately this is not the only time a crash has resulted in a fatality. 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 utility poles, trees, and similar to this case, traffic barriers. 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.