Man killed in Toutle collision

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

Date: May 14, 2011, 05/14/2011
Location: Toutle, Cowlitz County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One dead

A man was killed in a two-car collision near Toutle on Saturday night.

Around 10 p.m. 37-year-old Paul A. Prather was driving on Spirit Lake Memorial Highway when he crossed the center line and struck 17-year-old Naten M. Gregory. Prather died at the scene and Gregory suffered lacerations to his left arm. Four other passengers were in Gregory's car but none of them were injured.

Everyone in Gregory's car were wearing their seat belts but it is unclear whether Prather was wearing his seat belt at the time of the collision. Washington State Patrol is investigating the accident and have not released the cause of the accident and it is unknown whether drugs or alcohol were involved. The investigation is ongoing.

Washington State Fatal Car Accident Statistics

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.

Seattle Car Accident Attorneys

Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group sends out their heartfelt condolences for the family and friends of Paul A. Prather 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, Seattle car accident attorney Chris Davis and the Davis Law Group, P.S. can help you. We understand the devastation that can occur as a result of being in a serious auto accident. We are committed to helping car accident, trucking accident, and motorcycle accident victims recover the just and fair compensation they are entitled to receive under the law.

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