Four injured in vehicle collision near Forks

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Four injured in Forks accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by driver inattention

Date: June 11, 2011, 06/11/2011
Location: Forks, Clallam County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: Four injured

Four people were injured in a collision near Forks on Saturday evening.

Around 9 p.m. while driving on Highway 101, a 33-year-old man in a Ford pickup truck tried to pass a motorhome, while the driver behind him, an 18-year-old in a Toyota Tacoma attempted to pass at the same time.

The 18-year-old hit the man in the Ford pickup, lost control and spun out, colliding with the motorhome. The Toyota Tacoma then rolled and the motorhome veered off the roadway, crashing into two trees.

The driver of the motorhome, a 56-year-old man was taken to an area hospital while his passenger a 48-year-old woman was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with ankle injuries. The 18-year-old and his 17-year-old passenger were both taken to Forks hospital. No one in the Ford pickup was injured.

Forks Fatal Accident Statistics
• Fatal accident count: 5
• Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 6
• Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 3
• Fatalities: 5
• Persons involved in fatal accidents: 9
• Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 1

Washington State Accident Statistics
than Washington State’s average for the same time period. The majority of traffic fatalities occur on rural roads. From 1997 to 2006, 3,854 people were killed in collisions on rural roads, representing 60.6% of all fatalities. However, approximately 30% of the vehicle-miles-traveled occur on rural roads, indicating the fatality rate on rural roads is much higher than on urban roads. The average rural road fatality rate per 100 million vehicle-miles-traveled from 1999 to 2006 (1997-1998 data is not available) was 2.27, compared to the urban road rate of 0.65.

Most road types, excluding city streets, have a larger majority of rural road deaths, most prominently on State/US Highways and County Roads. State/US Highways experienced the highest number of deaths, with 2,421 (38.1%) from 1997 to 2006.
However, State/US Highways experience the highest number of vehicle-miles-traveled, and as a result, do not have the highest fatality rate. Rather, County Roads have the highest fatality rate per miles traveled, at 2.18, compared to the State/US Highway rate of 1.53.

Males continue to be involved in the majority of traffic collisions—representing 69.1% of fatalities from 1997-2006. This difference is most prominent in the 21-30 age group, where they comprise 78.3% of the total.

Seattle Car Accident Victim Attorneys
If you or a family member has suffered as the result of a car accident in Washington state, Seattle motor vehicle accident attorney Chris Davis and the Davis Law Group, P.S. can help you. We are committed to helping car accident, trucking accident, DUI accident, and motorcycle accident victims recover the just and fair compensation they are entitled to receive under the law.A motor vehicle accident is when a road vehicle collides with another vehicle, pedestrian, road debris, or man-made object. These collisions can result in personal injury, property damage, or death. Motor vehicle accidents can involve automobiles, trucks, semi or tractor trailer trucks, delivery vehicles, passenger vans, motorcycles, etc.
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