One killed, three injured in Highway 395 collision

Story Highlights:
One dead, three injured in Colville accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by speeding
Conditions have not been released



Date: April 22, 2011, 04/22/2011
Location: Colville, Stevens County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One dead, Three injured

One person was killed and three were injured in a two-car collision on Highway 395 near Colville early Friday morning.


A little before 2 p.m. 74-year-old Donald L. Carter was heading northbound on Highway 395 when he crossed the centerline, hitting southbound driver 17-year-old Alida R. Kouf head-on.

Carter died at the scene. Kouf and her two passengers, 10-year-old Azriel R. Kouf and 8-year-old Addison D. Kouf were taken to Providence Mount Carmel Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Their conditions have not been released.

Washington State Patrol is investigating the crash and believe that it was caused because Carter was driving too fast for conditions.

Washington State Fatal Accident Statistic Information
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 Attorneys
Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group sends out their heartfelt condolences for the family and friends of Donald L. Carter and hope they can find a knowledgable 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 in Washington state, Seattle motor vehicle accident attorney Chris Davis and the Davis Law Group, P.S. can help you. We are committed to helping car accident, trucking accident, DUI accident, and motorcycle accident victims recover the just and fair compensation they are entitled to receive under the law.
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