The Washington State Patrol reported yet another DUI accident resulting in an injury.
The suspected DUI driver behind a pickup truck crashed into an embankment while heading west on State Route 112. WSP officials claim the vehicle was traveling too fast for the road conditions, causing it to veer off the road before it crashed.
Both the 39-year-old driver and the 12-year-old passenger sustained injuries, but the the child suffered the most severe injuries, prompting emergency officials to airlift her to the hospital.
According to the WSP officials investigating this case, this crash involved only one car.
The accident happened in the early hours of Monday and according to the preliminary investigation, the vehicle was speeding. WSP says that the driver was impaired at the time of the crash.
NHTSA: DUI-Related Accidents More Common In The Summer
In this case, the accident happened both because the driver was intoxicated and because he was speeding.
Speeding is one of the most common factors in accidents. And driving while under the influence is also a major factor, especially during this time of the year.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that alcohol-impaired drivers are two times more likely to cause accidents during summer months than during other times of the year. This isn’t a surprise to anyone who has driven around during the warmer months. Still, many drivers falsely believe that these types of accidents don’t happen as often.
That’s why we urge all Washington state drivers to remain vigilant, especially during this time of the year. DUI-related accidents are often serious, leading to injuries and fatalities. Drivers should never forget about the dangers associated with the practice. After all, driving while intoxicated is both deadly and illegal in the state of Washington.
For more on this accident and what investigators uncovered so far, follow this link.