This year, many families are looking forward to a family thanksgiving meal after staying home last year. The majority will travel by car because of the short distance they need to go but we should all be aware that driving has the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation when we look at fatalities per passenger mile. Whenever there are more cars on the road combined with holiday drinking, car accidents and motor vehicle fatalities increase.Read More
While we have made great strides on education around the consequences of drinking and driving, there are still far too many accidents involving alcohol. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), each day about 28 Americans die in DUI crashes. In the 10-year period from 2010 to 2019, more than 10,000 people died every year in drunk driving car accidents. In Whatcom County alone, it is not uncommon to see a headline or two a month about a DUI crash. When a driver chooses to get behind the wheel while intoxicated, they are making a choice that could endanger both themselves, their passengers, and others on the road.Read More
The first several weeks of fall in the Pacific Northwest are usually beautiful with a little rain and plenty of sunshine, even if temperatures are starting to cool. Still, we all know what lies ahead as we inch toward standard daylight time: darker evenings, and colder, wetter weather. We could even see ice or snow fall by the end of November. As we transition out of summer weather, it’s a great time to review fall driving safety tips to reduce our chances of getting into a car accident.Read More
Whatcom County has seen one of the hottest, driest summers on record with warm temperatures starting in mid-June and daytime temperatures only dipping below 70 degrees a few times since then. It’s been almost straight sunshine for the last two months as well. With little to no rain to wash it away, the roads have had plenty of time to build up liquid leaks from vehicles and rubber from tires. This type of buildup isn’t a problem until a significant rainfall arrives, like it did over the weekend.Read More
As reported by Whatcom News, a fatal car vs pole crash occurred early this morning at S Pass Road and Kendall Road in Sumas. First responders were called to the scene of the accident about 5:45 a.m. According to a Washington State Patrol (WSP) trooper, 32-year-old driver, Gerald R Caron, was confirmed dead at the scene.
The press memo issued by the WSP indicated that the driver was speeding while driving northbound on Kendall Road and was unable to navigate the turn at S Pass Road. The vehicle left the roadway, crashing into a power pole. Caron was not wearing a seatbelt when the crash occurred; it is not known if drugs or alcohol were a factor.
Factors affecting the fatal car vs pole crash
While we don’t know if the driver had consumed drugs or alcohol before getting behind the wheel, there are some factors that we can take a look at in this accident: speed, single-vehicle accident and not wearing a seatbelt.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), for more than the past two decades, speeding has been a crash factor in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities. In 2019, speeding was identified as a contributing factor in 26 percent of all traffic fatalities.
Speed is generally considered to be an exacerbating factor in crashes. It’s important to understand that even small increases in speed can cause a disproportionately bigger increase in the risk of a crash. For example, a five percent increase in average speed leads to approximately a 20 percent increase in fatal crashes.
A single-car crash means that only one vehicle is involved in an accident. Just like the accident we’re talking about today, a single-vehicle accident is often a runoff-road (ROR) crash. A ROR accident is when a vehicle leaves the roadway and moves onto the shoulder, median, roadside or parking lane, etc. and then crashes into an unmoving object like a tree, pole, wall or fire hydrant. In this case, the driver ran off the road and collided with a power pole. In a single-car accident, property damage and personal injuries are the typical outcome. You may be surprised to hear that single-car collisions carry a higher fatality rate than head-on or side-impact collisions. More than 8,000 people die in single-vehicle rollover crashes in the United States each year.
Not wearing a seatbelt
It was determined that the driver was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. According to cdc.gov, seat belts reduce the risk of death by 45 percent and cut the risk of serious injury by 50 percent for drivers and front-seat passengers. Most importantly, seat belts prevent drivers and passengers from being ejected from the vehicle through the windshield during a crash. Drivers and front-seat passengers who are not wearing a seat belt at the time of a crash are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle.
Seek the help of a car accident attorney
If you or a loved one was injured because of the negligence of another, contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal rights. Let an experienced car accident attorney fight for the full compensation that you deserve. It is not uncommon to receive a settlement from the insurance company that is five to ten times larger with the help of a lawyer. Call the personal injury lawyers at Tario & Associates, P.S. in Bellingham, WA today for a FREE consultation! We have been representing residents of Whatcom County, Skagit County, Island County and Snohomish County since 1979. You will pay nothing up front and no attorney fees at all unless we recover damages for you!
Driver Flees Scene of Head-On-Crash; Probable Cause for Hit-and-Run-With-Injury and Vehicular Assault
A head-on-crash turned into a hit-and-run accident when a driver fled the scene of an accident on foot at the 1700 block of Birch Bay-Lynden Road. When Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) deputies and North Whatcom Fire & Rescue personnel arrived on scene, they found a man trapped in his car with a shattered femur. The “jaws of life” were used to remove the trapped man from inside their vehicle. The man was then transported to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center by ambulance and flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment.Read More
Sadly, car accidents happen every day and Whatcom County sees its fair share. As reported by kgmi.com, three people were injured in a T-bone crash on Aldrich Road this weekend. According to Washington State Patrol (WSP), the crash occurred when a silver 1997 Acura Integra that was traveling northbound on Aldrich Road crashed into a Buick sedan that was turning left off of King Tut Road on Saturday. Sadly, the driver of the Acura was not wearing a seatbelt and was transported to Harborview because of his injuries. The man and a woman in the Buick were transported to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center for their injuries. While the crash is still under investigation, speed has been identified as a factor in the collision.Read More
Most people think about physical injuries when it comes to car accidents but it’s important to understand that emotional distress, psychological trauma, anxiety and even Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are relatively common problems caused by collisions. This is particularly true when someone was killed or very severely injured in the accident or when cars burst into flames or become mangled beyond recognition.
Emotional injuries can be extremely debilitating – just as much if not more so than physical injuries – making it difficult to work and causing loss of enjoyment of life. According to the American Psychological Association, car accidents are the leading cause of PTSD among the general (non-military) population. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that nine percent of people who survive car accidents develop PTSD.Read More
Many people look forward to holiday weekends to get together with friends and family. Sadly, whenever there are more cars on the road combined with holiday drinking, car accidents and traffic fatalities increase. This Memorial Day period*, the National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that 415 people may die on U.S. roads. In addition, they estimate that 47,300 people will seek medical care for injuries they sustain in crashes over the holiday weekend.
*Memorial Day is always observed on the last Monday in May but the holiday period is a 3.25-day weekend that begins Friday evening and runs through Monday. In 2021, the Memorial Day weekend extends from 6 p.m. Friday, May 28 to 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 31.Read More
When it comes to determining fault in a car accident, witnesses often play an important role in confirming the claimant’s account of the collision. But a witness account is only possible if their contact information is gathered at the scene and if the right questions are asked – often after the injured party has received appropriate medical care and had a chance to calm their nerves. Every accident is different, and in many cases, an accident victim is too injured to interview witnesses at the scene. This is why it is so important to work with a personal injury attorney. An experienced car accident lawyer knows how to question witnesses to get a clear picture of the events that led to the accident from their perspective.Read More