Two people injured in Clinton crash

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Two injured in Clinton crash
Motor vehicle collision caused by speeding

Date: June 12, 2011, 06/12/2011
Location: Clinton, Whidbey Island, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: Two injured

Two people were injured in a car accident near Clinton on Sunday.

Around 9:30 p.m. 18-year-old Bryce Nelson was driving west on Campbell Road when his car crossed the centerline near Windfall Road, he continued off the roadway onto to the shoulder before crashing into a tree.

Nelson was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center and his 15-year-old passenger was taken to Whidbey General Hospital.

Washington State Patrol is investigating the crash and concluded that speeding was the cause. Possible charges are pending.

Washington State Speeding Law
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.
(a) Twenty-five miles per hour on city and town streets;
(b) Fifty miles per hour on county roads;
(c) Sixty miles per hour on state highways.

Washington State Speed-Related Accident Statistics
  • 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%.
  • County roads have the highest speed-related fatality rate, with 1.04 deaths per 100 million vehicle-miles-traveled. This is almost six times higher than the interstate rate of .18, and almost three times higher than the city street rate of .36.
  • Males represent the largest majority of speed-related deaths, on average, 75.1% from 1997 to 2006.
  • In the 21-30 year-old age group, males represent 83.7% of the deaths. Overall, 21-30 year-olds comprise 28.5% of speed-related deaths, followed by 15-20 year olds with 24.3%. 15-20 year-olds had the highest speed-related fatality rate from 1997 to 2006, with 11.28 deaths per 100,000 population.
  • 21-30 year-olds had the second highest rate of 8.42. Persons age 61 and older and 0-14 year-olds had the lowest speed-related fatality rates, ranging from .71 to 2.56.
  • A total of 68% of speed-related collisions were single-vehicle, compared to 64% of impaired-driver-involved collisions, and 59% of overall collisions.

Washington State Motor Vehicle Accident Attorneys
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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