Man dies in one-car crash near Boistfort

Story Highlights:
One dead in Boistfort accident
Motor vehicle collision cause unknown



Date: May 4, 2011, 05/04/2011
Location: Boistfort, Lewis County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One dead

A man died in a one-car collision near Boistfort on Wednesday afternoon.


Around 4:20 p.m. 43-year-old William Irvin Peterson was headed south on Wildwood Road in his Ford truck when he collided with a fence post. He then tried to drive his truck back onto the road and crashed into an embankment, flipping his vehicle.

It is unknown whether Peterson was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident. The incident is still under investigation by Washington State Patrol.

Washington State Fatal Accident Statistics and Information
Traffic fatalities in Washington State continue to decrease over time. In 1986, Washington had 714 traffic deaths; 10 years later, in 1996, the state incurred a total of 712, a mere 0.3% decrease. In 2004, Washington experienced an all-time low of 567 deaths, and then an increase to 649 in 2005. However, in 2006, there were 633 traffic deaths, a 2.5% decrease from 2005, and an 11.1% decrease from 1996. The average number of traffic deaths per year from 1997 to 2001 was 650.6, and from 2002 to 2006 was 621.4, a 4.5% decrease.

Similarly, the traffic fatality rate per 100 million vehicle-miles traveled has also been decreasing. Over the last several years, the statewide vehicle-miles-traveled have also been decreasing; however, Washington’s rate remains well below the national average. If we continue along the same trend line, we would expect 368 traffic deaths in the year 2030. The average fatality rate from 1997 to 2001 was 1.24 and from 2002 to 2006 was 1.12, a 9.7% decrease. Overall, the fatality rate has decreased by 42.9% since 1986, and by 15.2% since 1997. The average fatality rate between 1997 to 2006 was 1.18.

By comparison, the national fatality rate decreased by 12.2% from 1.64 in 1997 to 1.44 in 2006. From 1997 to 2001, the average fatality rate was 1.56, and from 2002 to 2006 was 1.47, a 5.8% decrease. The average national fatality rate between 1997 and 2006 was 1.51, 28% higher than Washington State’s average for the same time period.

Seattle Car Accident Lawyers
Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group sends out their heartfelt condolences for the family and friends of William Irvin Peterson and hope they can find a knowledgeable wrongful death lawyer that will help settle their case and get them the compensation they deserve for suffering such a tragic loss. 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.
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