One dead in Prosser semi-truck crash

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Date: November 13, 2011, 11/13/2011
Location: Prosser, Benton County, Washington
Type: Semi truck collision
Outcome: One dead

One person was killed in a semi truck collision near Prosser on Sunday night.

Just before 11 p.m. a 57-year-old man was driving a semi-tractor trailer south on State Route 221 when he crossed the centerline and collided with another semi-truck driven by a 58-year-old male.

The 57-year-old was taken to Kadlec Medical Center were he was pronounced dead. The other driver suffered minor injuries but was not hospitalized.

Washington State Patrol is investigated the accident and do not yet know the cause. The highway was closed in both directions until just before 8 a.m. the next morning. 

Semi Truck Accident & Trucking Collision Statistics

There are over 500,000 truck accidents in the United States every year. A high number of these truck accidents result in fatalities. Approximately 5,000 die in truck accidents annually. Ninety-eight percent of the time, the passengers or driver in the other vehicle is killed as opposed to driver or passengers in the truck.
1,131 Large Trucks Involved in Non-Fatal Crashes
107 Large Trucks Involved in Injury Crashes 
126 Injuries in Crashes Involving Large Trucks a 
1,024 Large Trucks Involved in Towaway Crashes 
29 Large Trucks Involved in Hazmat (HM) Placard Crashes

Washington State Fatal Accident Statistics

Fatalities occurred almost equally during daytime hours (49.7%) and nighttime hours (50.3%) from 1997 to 2006. The time of day with the highest number of fatalities was between 2 pm and 5:59 pm with 22.1%, followed by 6 pm to 9:59 pm with 19.7%. Research indicates only 10-15% of traffic volume occurs during the nighttime hours. If we use a conservative estimate of 20%, we find the nighttime fatality rate per vehicle-miles-traveled is consistently 3-4 times higher than the daytime rate.
A majority of fatalities occurred between July and September from 1997 to 2006 (30.7%). The single month with the highest number of fatalities was July with 10.9%, while the month with the lowest number of fatalities was February with 6.5%. From 1997 to 2006, 59% of fatal traffic collisions were single-vehicle involved. In addition, 44.7% of those single-vehicle collisions were impaired-driver-involved. 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 Wrongful Death Attorneys

Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group sends out their heartfelt condolences for the family and friends of the man who was killed in this terrible accident 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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