Two dead in Bellingham accident

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Two dead, one injured in Bellingham crash
Motor vehicle collision caused by speeding

Date: September 16, 2011, 09/16/2011
Location: Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington
Type: Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: Two dead, one injured

Two people were killed in a collision near Bellingham on Friday night.

Around 10:40 p.m. a 24-year-old man was heading west on Mount Baker Highway at a high rate of speed, erratically passing cars until the driver lost control and cross over the centerline, crashing into a 20-year-old woman driving a sedan.

Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. A 20-year-old woman who was a passenger in the 24-year-old's SUV was reported injured and taken to an area hospital.

Washington State patrol is investigating the accident and speeding was the cause. It was not reported whether alcohol or drugs may have been involved.

Bellingham Fatal Accident Statistics for 2009
Fatal accident count: 3
Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 7
Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 3
Fatalities: 3
Persons involved in fatal accidents: 11
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 1

Basic rule and maximum limits (RCW 46.61.400)
No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing. In every event speed shall be so controlled as may be necessary to avoid colliding with any person, vehicle or other conveyance on or entering the highway in compliance with legal requirements and the duty of all persons to use due care.

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 people that were lost 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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