Woman dies in Longview crash

Story Highlights:
One dead in Longview accident
One-car collision cause unknown

Date: May 4, 2011, 05/04/2011
Location: Longview, Cowlitz County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One dead

A woman died in a one-car collision in Longview on Wednesday night.

Around 8 p.m. 55-year-old Debbie Lou Wellhausen was headed west on State Route 432 when her Toyota pickup truck veered off the road and collided head-on into a tree. Wellhausen was not wearing her seat belt and died at the scene.

The accident is under investigation by the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office and no information has been released as to what may have caused the crash.

Longview Fatal Accident Statistics for 2008

Fatal accident count: 2
Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 2
Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 2
Fatalities: 2
Persons involved in fatal accidents: 3
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 1

Washington State Fatal Car Accident Statistics
The majority of traffic fatalities occur on rural roads. From 1997 to 2006, 3,854 people were killed in collisions on rural roads, representing 60.6% of all fatalities. However, approximately 30% of the vehicle-miles-traveled occur on rural roads, indicating the fatality rate on rural roads is much higher than on urban roads. The average rural road fatality rate per 100 million vehicle-miles-traveled from 1999 to 2006 (1997-1998 data is not available) was 2.27, compared to the urban road rate of 0.65.

Most road types, excluding city streets, have a larger majority of rural road deaths, most prominently on State/US Highways and County Roads. State/US Highways experienced the highest number of deaths, with 2,421 (38.1%) from 1997 to 2006. However, State/US Highways experience the highest number of vehicle-miles-traveled, and as a result, do not have the highest fatality rate. Rather, County Roads have the highest fatality rate per miles traveled, at 2.18, compared to the State/US Highway rate of 1.53.

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 Car Accident Victim Attorneys

Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group sends out their heartfelt condolences for the family and friends of Debbie Lou Wellhausen 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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