A man in Shelton was recently killed after a one vehicle crash occurred off of state route 16 near Gig Harbor. At the time the accident occurred, the vehicle left the road and eventually came to rest 60 feet down in an embankment in a storm drain pond. While the exact cause of the accident is still being determined, the driver, who was wearing a seatbelt at the time, died at the scene.
Single vehicle accidents occur when just one vehicle is involved in an accident. Some of the most common types of single vehicle accidents include animal related accidents, collisions with foreign objects on the road, off-road collisions, and roll over accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that rollovers comprise 70% of single vehicle accidents. There are numerous causes of these types of accidents, but some of the most common contributing factors include alcohol and drugs, failure to pay attention to road conditions, improperly changing lanes, poorly designed roads, and speeding. This article will review some of the important steps that a person can take to avoid being involved in a single vehicle accident.
Do Not Drive Under the Influence
Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs is responsible for a large number of single vehicles. To stay safe, it is a better idea to never drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs. If you have been out drinking, it is a much better idea to receive a ride home from a designated driver.
Drive at or Below the Speed Limit
A large number of single vehicle accidents occur because drivers are traveling at excessive speeds. It is a much better idea for motor vehicle operators to travel at or below the speed limit wherever they are headed. Even if you are in a hurry, it is much better to arrive later rather than be involved in a single vehicle accident.
Decrease the Time You Spend Driving in Adverse Weather
Adverse weather conditions can result in hard to navigate road conditions, which can then lead to single vehicle accidents. It is a better idea for drivers to avoid traveling in adverse weather conditions whenever possible to significantly reduce the risk of being involved in these types of accidents.
Never Drive While Fatigued
A large number of single vehicle accidents occur because drivers fall asleep while at the wheel. The best way to avoid these types of accidents is to never drive even if you are slightly fatigued and even a small risk exists of falling asleep at the wheel.
Speak with a Seasoned Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been impacted by a single vehicle accident, you should not hesitate to contact a seasoned attorney who can help you navigate the process. West Law Office has successfully helped a large number of accident victims obtain the compensation that they deserve. Contact our law office for an initial free consultation during which our legal counsel can discuss your available options for compensation.
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