Van collides with semi-truck on North Whidbey

Story Highlights:
One injured in Oak Harbor car accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by speeding



Date: February 14, 2011, 02/14/2011
Location: Oak Harbor, Island County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Semi truck accident
Outcome: One injured

William Growney, 77, was driving northbound on Taylor Road in Oak Harbor when he smashed his van into the back of a parked semi truck around 11 am. The collision impact was so intense that it totaled his van and forced the trailer into a right angle.

Growney was taken to Island Hospital in Anacortes with a broken wrist and minor cuts and scrapes. Hospital officials reported that he was in stable condition. The driver of the semi was not reported to be injured, and may not have even been inside the vehicle at the time of the crash.

Officials released that Growney may be cited for speeding too fast to avoid a collision. But it has been reported that this particular stretch of roadway is a common place for collisions because of poor visibility caused by the flatness of the road. Locals plan to petition the county to have the speed limit reduced.

Oak Harbor Accident Statistics for 2006
Fatal accident count: 1
Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 2
Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 0
Fatalities: 1
Persons involved in fatal accidents: 3
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 0

Washington State Basic rule and Maximum speed limits
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.

Seattle Car Accident Lawyers
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