Man injured in I-5 one-car collision

Story Highlights:
One injured in Lynden accident
One-car collision caused by possible speeding and DUI
Driver still under investigation by WSP



Date: April 23, 2011, 04/23/2011
Location: Lynden, Whatcom County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One injured

A man was injured in a motor vehicle collision on Interstate 5 near Lynden on Saturday afternoon.


Around 1:15 p.m. 26-year-old Jonathan Vander Yacht was driving south when he lost control of his car and struck a tree in the median. He was taken to St. Joseph hospital for treatment of his injuries. It was reported that he is in satisfactory condition.

Washington State Patrol is investigating the accident and believes that speeding and driving under the influence were both causing factors in the crash. Vander Yacht was wearing his seat belt at the time of the collision.

Driving under the influence (See RCW 46.61.502 for more information)
A person is guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug if the person drives a vehicle within this state:
(a) And the person has, within two hours after driving, an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher as shown by analysis of the person's breath or blood made under RCW 46.61.506; or (b) While the person is under the influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor or any drug; or
(c) While the person is under the combined influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor and any drug.

Basic speeding rules and maximum limits (See RCW 46.61.400 for more information)
No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing. In every event speed shall be so controlled as may be necessary to avoid colliding with any person, vehicle or other conveyance on or entering the highway in compliance with legal requirements and the duty of all persons to use due care.Except when a special hazard exists that requires lower speed for compliance with subsection of this section, the limits specified in this section or established as hereinafter authorized shall be maximum lawful speeds, and no person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed in excess of such maximum limits.
(a) Twenty-five miles per hour on city and town streets;
(b) Fifty miles per hour on county roads;
(c) Sixty miles per hour on state highways. The maximum speed limits set forth in this
The driver of every vehicle shall, consistent with the requirements of this section, drive at an appropriate reduced speed when approaching and crossing an intersection or railway grade crossing, when approaching and going around a curve, when approaching a hill crest, when traveling upon any narrow or winding roadway, and when special hazard exists with respect to pedestrians or other traffic or by reason of weather or highway conditions.

Seattle Car Accident Attorneys
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. Contributing factors in traffic accidents can be vehicle design, speed of operation, road design, driver distraction (texting or talking on a cell phone while driving), and driver impairment (drunk driving). 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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