Man injured in Kent I-5 collision

Story Highlights:
One injured in Kent accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by driver inattention

Date: June 11, 2011, 06/11/2011
Location: Kent, King County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One injured

One person was injured in a collision on Interstate 5 near Kent on Saturday.

While driving on southbound I-5 south of SR 516, a 58-year-old man in a rental truck failed to see a disabled car on the shoulder and swerved to avoid it, but crashed into another vehicle, before veering off the freeway, going over a jersey barrier and rolling the truck onto its side.

A third vehicle struck debris that was left in the roadway from the collision. The driver of the rental truck was the only one injured and taken to Harborview Medical Center.

Washington State Patrol is investigating the accident and reports that neither drugs nor alcohol were causes in the crash.

Kent Fatal Accident Statistics for 2009
Fatal accident count: 1
Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 1
Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 0
Fatalities: 1
Persons involved in fatal accidents: 2
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 1

Washington State Car Accident Statistics
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. Overall, 21-30 year olds comprise the largest majority of fatalities, at 21.5%, followed by 15-20 year olds at 16.2%. When we control for differences in the population, 15-20 year olds have the highest fatality rate per 100,000 population of 19.9, compared to the rate of 16.8 for 21-30 year olds.

At the other end of the age spectrum, 80+ year olds have the second highest fatality rate, mostly due to their low representation in the population and their vulnerability to injury when involved in a collision.

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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