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Tacoma, Washington – One Killed After Crashing into Barrier on SR 16

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Posted on July 15, 2019

Tacoma, Washington (July 13, 2019) – One man was killed after crashing into a barrier at State Route 16. The victim, a 66 year-old man, died at the scene. While the victim’s car collided with another car prior to the crash, the driver of the other car was not injured.

According to Washington Sate Patrol troopers, the victim was driving on 9th Street and went off the road, breaking a Department of Transportation fence in the process. He drove through all eastbound lanes of State Route 16, briefly colliding with one other car before crashing into a Jersey Barrier. The crash is under investigation, but there has been no reports of drugs or alcohol being involved in the case.

About Vehicle Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only fatal case of a vehicle accident. 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.