One killed in I-82 accident near Kennewick

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One dead, one injured in Kennewick accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by medical issue



Date: June 15, 2011, 06/15/2011
Location: Kennewick, Benton County, Washington
Type: Semi accident, Motor vehicle collison
Outcome: One dead, one injured

A man was killed in a collision on Interstate 82 near Kennewick on Wednesday.

The driver of a semi-truck suffered a medical issue while driving on I-82 and crossed the center line, colliding with an oncoming car.

The car driver, 60-year-old Lawrence Volker was killed and his passenger 59-year-old Brenda Volker was airlifted to a Kennewick hospital. The semi driver was also taken to a hospital. The medical issue that caused the crash was not reported.

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 Lawrence Volker 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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