One killed in I-5 trucking accident

Story Highlights:
One dead in Arlington accident
Motor vehicle collision cause unknown
Southbound 1-5 closed, backing up traffic for miles



Date: May 10, 2011, 05/10/2011
Location: Arlington, Snohomish County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One dead

A person was killed in a collision on Interstate 5 near Arlington early Tuesday morning.

Around 3:30 a.m. an 87-year-old male and his passenger, a woman rumored to be in her 70's, were heading down southbound Interstate 5 near 172nd Street NE when they were struck from behind by a semi-truck. Their car crashed into the center median and the female passenger was killed.

The driver was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. The semi-truck driver was uninjured.

The 87-year-old driver was reported to be driving in the right lane at an extremely slow pace before being rear-ended and Washington State Patrol is still trying to figure out all the details. The accident investigation is ongoing.

Arlington Fatal Accident Statistics for 2009
Fatal accident count: 1
Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 2
Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 0
Fatalities: 1
Persons involved in fatal accidents: 6
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 0

Washington State Fatal 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 Victim Attorneys
Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group sends out their heartfelt condolences for the family and friends of the woman who was lost in this tragic 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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