Distracted driving has been growing as a cause of accidents on the highways of Washington and the rest of the United States. Recent reports indicate that approximately nine people die as a result of distracted drivers every day. Over 1,153 people suffer injuries in the same time period.
A wrong-way accident near Granger on Dec. 15 resulted in the death of one driver. The decedent, an 87-year old woman, was driving the wrong way down Interstate 82 just after 6:30 p.m. when the accident occurred. Five people were also injured in the wreck.
Washington State Patrol troopers reported that an initial hit-and-run collision occurring on Dec. 7 just before 6:00 a.m. caused two people to suffer serious injuries. According to officers, the accident happened on I-205 in Vancouver when a good Samaritan stopped to give assistance to the victim of the hit-and-run.
A man was killed in Smokey Point after a driver swerved to avoid slow-moving traffic and sideswiped the man's truck. According to reports, he had pulled his truck to the side of the highway to secure something in the back.
According to reports by the Washington State Patrol, an accident that occurred on I-5 on Nov. 28 killed a Gold Bar man and injured three others. The accident happened around 10:45 p.m. within the Tukwila city limits at mile marker 154 in the southbound lanes.
Authorities report that an accident involving a car and a bicycle in Puyallup in the afternoon hours of Nov. 24 left the bicyclist with devastating injuries. An ambulance transported the bicyclist to Tacoma Hospital in critical condition. There were no reports of injuries to the driver and her two passengers.
The Washington State Patrol reported that an 86-year-old allegedly drunk driver caused a multi-vehicle collision on Interstate 5 while going the wrong way. The incident occurred on Nov. 10 around 10:35 p.m. in Tacoma.
A traffic accident in Washington has left one person dead and another injured. The accident happened near Shelton on Oct. 26. The Washington State Patrol has charged the injured driver with vehicular homicide.
Four people had to be transported to Washington hospitals after a head-on collision on Oct. 12. Three of the individuals involved were transported to Olympic Medical Center. A fourth was also transported to a hospital in Port Angeles. The full extent of their injuries was not known, but police believe that the accident may have been the harmful result of a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Two men were killed in a car accident that occurred during the foggy, early morning hours of Oct. 7. A pickup truck carrying two men swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid a deer and collided a second truck, killing its two occupants.