Date: October 18, 2011, 10/18/2011
Location: Benton City, Benton County, Washington
Type: Motor vehicle accident
Outcome: Two injured
Two people were injured in a collision near Benton City on Tuesday morning.
Just before noon, a 25-year-old man was driving a van on Highway 224 when he lost control and went off the road, overcorrected, causing the van to roll before landing on its wheels, blocking the highway.
The driver suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene but his 20-year-old male passenger was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center, treated for his injuries and later released.
Washington State Patrol was investigating the accident and have not yet released the cause.
Washington State Accident Statistics
- Speeding-related fatalities have been increasing over the past ten years. The number of speed-related deaths from 1997 to 2001 was 237.8, while the average from 2002 to 2006 was 244, a 2.6% increase.
- In 2006, Washington experienced the second highest number of speed-related fatalities since 1997, with 253, second only to 2002’s number of 260.
- The speed-related fatality rate per 100 million vehicle-miles-traveled has decreased slightly, from .47 in 1997 to .45 in 2006, a 4.3% decrease.
- 59.6% of all speed-related deaths occurred on rural roads- for vehicle-occupants alone the percentage was 62.3%. However, a larger majority of motorcyclist, bicyclist, and pedestrian deaths occurred on urban roads, with 57.5%.
- On average, from 1997 to 2006, the speed-related fatality rate per vehicle-miles-traveled on rural roads was 2-4 times higher than the respective urban road rate. Rural county roads experienced the largest percentage of speed-related deaths, with 30.7%, followed by rural highways, with 20%, and urban city streets, with 19.6%.