Woman dies in one-car collision in Custer

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One dead in Custer car accident
One car collision cause unknown

Date: March 18, 2011, 03/18/2011
Location: Custer, Whatcom County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One dead

On Friday evening, a woman died in a one-car collision in Custer after crashing her car into a tree.

Laurel E. Crittenden, 58, was driving north on Custer School Road when her car crossed the southbound lane and went off the road, crashing into a tree.

Crittenden was pronounced dead at the scene. She was wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash but Troopers still don't know if drugs or alcohol were involved. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Washington State Fatal Accident Statistics

Overall, 21-30 year olds comprise the largest majority of fatalities, at 21.5%, followed by 15-20 year olds at 16.2%. When we control for differences in the population, 15-20 year olds have the highest fatality rate per 100,000 population of 19.9, compared to the rate of 16.8 for 21-30 year olds. At the other end of the age spectrum, 80+ year olds have the second highest fatality rate, mostly due to their low representation in the population and their vulnerability to injury when involved in a collision.

Fatalities occurred almost equally during daytime hours (49.7%) and nighttime hours (50.3%) from 1997 to 2006. The time of day with the highest number of fatalities was between 2 pm and 5:59 pm with 22.1%, followed by 6 pm to 9:59 pm with 19.7%. Research indicates only 10-15% of traffic volume occurs during the nighttime hours. If we use a conservative estimate of 20%, we find the nighttime fatality rate per vehicle-miles-traveled is consistently 3-4 times higher than the daytime rate.

Seattle Wrongful Death Lawyers
Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group sends out their heartfelt condolences for the family and friends of Laurel E. Crittenden 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.
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