Three injured in Kennewick rollover

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Three injured in Kennewick accident
One-vehicle collision caused by falling asleep at the wheel



Date: May 6, 2011, 05/06/2011
Location: Kennewick, Benton County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: Three injured

Three people were injured in a rollover collision in Kennewick early Friday morning.


Around 2:30 a.m. 27-year-old Sandra Chavez was driving on SR 395 north of Pasco when she fell asleep at the wheel. Her vehicle veered off the road, onto the dirt shoulder before rolling and coming to a stop on it's top.

Chavez had two passengers in her vehicle, all three were taken to local area hospitals.

Washington State Patrol is investigating the accident but have ruled out alcohol and drugs as causing factors in the crash.

Falling Asleep At the Wheel Statistics
According to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2005 Sleep in America poll, 60% of adult drivers – about 168 million people – say they have driven a vehicle while feeling drowsy in the past year, and more than one-third, (37% or 103 million people), have actually fallen asleep at the wheel! In fact, of those who have nodded off, 13% say they have done so at least once a month. Four percent – approximately eleven million drivers – admit they have had an accident or near accident because they dozed off or were too tired to drive. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conservatively estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes are the direct result of driver fatigue each year. This results in an estimated 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in monetary losses.

Seattle Car Accident Victim Attorneys
A motor vehicle accident is when a road vehicle collides with another vehicle, pedestrian, road debris, or man-made object. These collisions can result in personal injury, property damage, or death. Motor vehicle accidents can involve automobiles, trucks, semi or tractor trailer trucks, delivery vehicles, passenger vans, motorcycles, etc. Contributing factors in traffic accidents can be vehicle design, speed of operation, road design, driver distraction (texting or talking on a cell phone while driving), and driver impairment (drunk driving). 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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