Date: August 28, 2011, 08/28/2011
Location: Yakima, Yakima County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One dead
One person was killed in a collision near Yakima on Sunday morning.
Around 1 a.m. a 20-year-old man was driving eastbound on Mieras Road when he struck a 54-year-old man from behind. He was killed instantly in the accident. The other driver was not injured.
Washington State Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash.
Yakima Fatal Accident Statistics
- Fatal accident count: 1
- Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 1
- Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 0
- Fatalities: 1
- Persons involved in fatal accidents: 3
- Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 2
Washington State Fatal Accident StatisticsFatalities 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.