Woman injured in Kelso DUI one-car collision

Story Highlights:
One injured in Kelso accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by speeding and DUI
Traffic delayed for 45 minutes



Date: July 31, 2011 07/31/2011
Location: Kelso, Cowlitz County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One injured

A woman was injured in a one-car collision near Kelso on Sunday afternoon.

While driving on Interstate 5, 33-year-old Kymberlee McMacken swerved to avoid another vehicle and lost control, veering into a median and rolling her car.

McMacken was taken to St. John hospital with scrapes and bruises.

Washington State Patrol was charged with speeding and driving under the influence.

Drunk Driving Accident Statistics
In Washington State, 54% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes involve a driver that was under the influence of alcohol.  In 2009 265 people in Washington State lost their lives in drunk driving crashes.  In Washingon State there is a sharp increase in the number of drunk driving incidents near major holidays.

Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle collisions. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 16,694 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in the United States in 2004. This figure represents 39% of all traffic incident deaths. In fact, more than 500,000 Americans are injured annually in drunken driving crashes.

In 2008, 255 people in Washington State lost their lives in fatal alcohol related motor vehicle collisions.  One hundred eighty-two (182) of those accidents involved a drunk driver whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.08 or higher.  In Washington State, 34% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes involve a driver that was under the influence of alcohol.

Driving Under The Influence
A person is guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug if the person drives a vehicle within this state:
(a) And the person has, within two hours after driving, an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher as shown by analysis of the person's breath or blood made under RCW 46.61.506; or
(b) While the person is under the influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor or any drug;
(c) While the person is under the combined influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor and any drug.

Seattle Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys
We Only Represent Victims of Drunk Drivers. Not DUI Offenders. The drunk driving victim lawyers at Davis Law Group have experience dealing with collisions that were caused by someone who was under the influence of alcohol. Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group sends out their heartfelt condolences for the family and friends of the woman that was killed in this tragedy 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 terrible 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 DUI, 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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