Two injured in Ballard DUI collision

Story Highlights:
One injured in Ballard accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by DUI

Date: June 8, 2011, 06/08/2011
Location: Ballard, King County, Washington
Type: Car accident, DUI collision
Outcome: One injured

One person was injured in a DUI collision in Ballard on Wednesday night.

According to Seattle Police, just after 10:45 p.m. a person drove their car through a red light at Northwest Market Street and Leary Avenue Northwest on Wednesday night and struck another vehicle.

When police arrived on the scene, it was obvious that the at-fault driver was impaired. They arrested the suspect and took them to a local hospital for a blood toxicity test.

The other driver was injured and taken to Harborview Medical Center. Police reported that their injuries were not life-threatening.

Drunk Driving Accident Statistics
In 2008, 255 people in Washington State lost their lives in fatal alcohol related motor vehicle collisions. One hundred eighty-two (182) of those accidents involved a drunk driver whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.08 or higher. In Washington State, 34% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes involve a driver that was under the influence of alcohol. Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle collisions. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 16,694 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in the United States in 2004. This figure represents 39% of all traffic incident deaths. In fact, more than 500,000 Americans are injured annually in drunken driving crashes.

Washington State Drunk Driving Law
A person is guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug if the person drives a vehicle within this state:

     (a) And the person has, within two hours after driving, an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher as shown by analysis of the person's breath or blood made under RCW 46.61.506; or

     (b) While the person is under the influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor or any drug; or

     (c) While the person is under the combined influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor and any drug.

Obedience to and required traffic control devices.
The driver of any vehicle, every bicyclist, and every pedestrian shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device applicable thereto placed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, unless otherwise directed by a traffic or police officer, subject to the exception granted the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle in this chapter.

No provision of this chapter for which official traffic control devices are required shall be enforced against an alleged violator if at the time and place of the alleged violation an official device is not in proper position and sufficiently legible or visible to be seen by an ordinarily observant person. Whenever a particular section does not state that official traffic control devices are required, such section shall be effective even though no devices are erected or in place.

Seattle Drunk Driving Accident Victim Lawyers
We Only Represent Victims of Drunk Drivers. Not DUI Offenders. In Washington State, 54% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes involve a driver that was under the influence of alcohol.  In 2009 265 people in Washington State lost their lives in drunk driving crashes. Also in Washingon State there is a sharp increase in the number of drunk driving incidents near major holidays.The drunk driving victim lawyers at Davis Law Group have experience dealing with collisions that were caused by someone who was under the influence of alcohol. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed due to drunk driving crash Seattle attorney Christopher Davis has a team of dedicated and experienced lawyers th at will fight for the highest possible compensation for you. 
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