Teen dead in Ritzville accident

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Date: August 25, 2011, 08/25/2011
Location: Ritzville, Adams County, Washington
Type: Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One dead

A teenager was killed in a collision near Ritzville on Sunday afternoon.


Just before 3 p.m. while heading westbound on Interstate 90, the left back tire of a vehicle carrying five people blew, causing the vehicle to roll over onto the shoulder. One 17-year-old passenger died at the scene of the crash. The driver, a 44-year-old woman, and her three other passengers, all under the age of 15, were not reported as injured.

The 17-year-old was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. No other information has been released. Washington State Patrol is investigating.

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 the teenager that was killed in this 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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