Date: November 12, 2011, 11/12/2011
Location: Sunnyside, Yakima County, Washington
Type: Car accident
Outcome: One injured
One person was injured in a collision near Sunnyside on Saturday afternoon.
Just after 1 p.m. a 24-year-old man was driving southbound on Highway 241 when he drifted off the road to the right and crashed his car.
The driver was taken to Sunnyside Community Hospital for medical treatment.
Washington State Patrol reported that the cause of the crash was inattention.
Car Crash Statistics Based on Age (according to Autos.com)
- * Teens = Highest Risk Group: For every mile driven, teens between the ages of 16 and 19 are four times as likely to be involved in a car crash
- * Teenage Car Fatalities: 5,000 teens in the 16 to 20 age group die each year as a result of a car crash
- * Teenage Car Injuries: 400,000 teens in the same age group are injured each year in car accidents
- * Disproportionate Population / Fatality Ratio: Teens make up 10% of the population but represent 12% of car crash fatalities
- * Cost: 30% or $26 billion per year in costs are accounted for by drivers under the age of 24
- * Driving Habits: Teenagers are more likely to speed, tailgate and only 10% report wearing seat belts
- * Teen Male Drivers: Of male drivers ages 15 to 20 killed in car crashes, 38% were speeding and 24% were under the influence of alcohol
- * High Risk Age Groups: People between the ages of 15 and 24 and over 75 are the groups most likely affected by car accidents
- * Senior Drivers: Drivers over the age of 65 are second most likely to die in a car crash
- * Safety Disparity: Despite the fact that older drivers are on average slower, safer drivers, they are more likely to die in a car accident than younger drivers