Date: August 22, 2011, 08/22/2011
Location: Kirkland, King County, Washington
Type: Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: Five injured
Five people were injured in a collision near Kirkland on Sunday night.
Just after 10 p.m. while driving on Interstate 405 a car sput out and hit another car in the southbound lanes.
Everone injured the car that spun out was taken to the hospital, a 2-year-old girl suffered the worst injuries. The driver of the other car was not injured.
The circumstances surrounding the accident are still under investigation. No other information has been released.
Washington State Speed-Related Accident Statistics
- Speeding-related fatalities have been increasing over the past ten years. The number of speed-related deaths from 1997 to 2001 was 237.8, while the average from 2002 to 2006 was 244, a 2.6% increase.
- In 2006, Washington experienced the second highest number of speed-related fatalities since 1997, with 253, second only to 2002’s number of 260.
- The speed-related fatality rate per 100 million vehicle-miles-traveled has decreased slightly, from .47 in 1997 to .45 in 2006, a 4.3% decrease.
- 59.6% of all speed-related deaths occurred on rural roads- for vehicle-occupants alone the percentage was 62.3%. However, a larger majority of motorcyclist, bicyclist, and pedestrian deaths occurred on urban roads, with 57.5%.
- On average, from 1997 to 2006, the speed-related fatality rate per vehicle-miles-traveled on rural roads was 2-4 times higher than the respective urban road rate. Rural county roads experienced the largest percentage of speed-related deaths, with 30.7%, followed by rural highways, with 20%, and urban city streets, with 19.6%.