One dead, Three injured in Vancouver DUI crash

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One dead, Three injured in Vancouver accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by DUI

Date: August 22, 2011, 08/22/2011
Location: Vancouver, Clark County, Washington
Type: Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One dead, Three injured

A child was killed and three adults were injured in a collision near Vancouver on Sunday night.

While stopped on the shoulder of northbound Interstate 5 near the Main Street exit, two women and one infant were sitting in a disabled car when a 26-year-old man lost control, colliding with the median then rear-ending their car.

The 3-month-old infant was killed in the collision. The two women were injured and taken to an area hospital.

The 26-year-old male driver was injured during the collision, and arrested on charges of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence.

Drunk Driving Accident Statistics

In Washington State, 54% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes involve a driver that was under the influence of alcohol.  In 2009 265 people in Washington State lost their lives in drunk driving crashes.  In Washingon State there is a sharp increase in the number of drunk driving incidents near major holidays.

Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle collisions. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 16,694 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in the United States in 2004. This figure represents 39% of all traffic incident deaths. In fact, more than 500,000 Americans are injured annually in drunken driving crashes.

In 2008, 255 people in Washington State lost their lives in fatal alcohol related motor vehicle collisions.  One hundred eighty-two (182) of those accidents involved a drunk driver whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.08 or higher.  In Washington State, 34% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes involve a driver that was under the influence of alcohol.

Driving under the influence

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;
(c) While the person is under the combined influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor and any drug.

Seattle Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys

We Only Represent Victims of Drunk Drivers. Not DUI Offenders. The drunk driving victim lawyers at Davis Law Group have experience dealing with collisions that were caused by someone who was under the influence of alcohol.If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed due to drunk driving crash Seattle attorney Christopher Davis has a team of dedicated and experienced lawyers th at will fight for the highest possible compensation for you.

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