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Tukwila, Washington – Car Crash on I-5 Injures Occupants, One With Spinal Injuries

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Posted on April 17, 2019

Tukwila, Washington (April 13, 2019) –  The driver and passenger of a car sustained serious injuries after a serious crash on the Interstate 5 over Duwamish River just before 3 a.m on early Saturday morning. The passenger suffered a fractured spine, while the driver had a broken arm. Both were hospitalized for treatment, though the driver was also taken to jail for vehicular assault after treatment.

The driver of the vehicle, a 2001 white Nissan Maxima, was speeding though a curve when they lost control, crashing the car into a barrier. The Washington State Patrol is currently looking for witnesses to the accident.

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 trees, utility poles, 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.