King County car accident deaths down in 2008

The King County Medical Examiner’s office reports that traffic accident deaths were down in 2008 when compared with 2007. In 2008, 163 people were killed as a result of motor vehicle accidents and in 2007, 170 people were killed.

Of the 163 people who died as a result of a motor vehicle accident, only 112 of the accidents occurred in King County; 51 people were injured in accidents outside of the county but the injured person was taken to a King County Hospital — usually Harborview Medical Center in Seattle — where they died.
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King County includes the following communities: Algona, Auburn, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Bothell, Burien, Carnation, Clyde Hill, Covington, Des Moines, Duvall, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Hunts Point, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kent, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Maple Valley, Medina, Mercer Island, Milton, Newcastle, Normandy Park, North Bend, Pacific, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, SeaTac, Seattle, Shoreline, Skykomish, Snoqualmie, Tukwila, Woodinville and Yarrow Point.

Safety Precautions

The statistics show that people are taking safety precautions: only 27% of those killed in traffic accidents were not wearing seatbelts and only 16% of those killed in motorcycle accidents were not wearing helmets. Two of those killed in bicycle accidents were wearing helmets.

Traffic accident data

Some finer analysis of the data shows:

  • 44% of those killed were drivers
  • 75% of driver deaths were male
  • 6% of those killed were teenage drivers between the ages of 16-91
  • 24% of those killed were drivers between the ages of 20-29
  • only one infant (a child under the age of one) was killed
  • only two children between the ages of 1-5 years were killed
  • no children between the ages of 6-12 years were killed
  • 26 people died in pedestrian accidents

Alcohol Data

Blood alcohol data on car accident victims is not tally descriptive because blood alcohol tests are not always performed on those who live for more than 24 hours after an accident. However, of those tested, 40% showed the presence of alcohol in their blood stream.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle and pedestrian accidents and the families of those killed.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. We have offices in Seattle and Bellevue to assist you.

Information for this posting is from:
King County Medical Examiner’s Office – 2008 Annual Report prepared by David Fleming, MD and Richard Harruff, MD, PHD.

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