Mason County, Washington – One Dead and One Injured in Collision
Posted on Friday, April 19th, 2019 at 10:30 am
Mason County, Washington (April 17, 2019) – One person died and another was injured after a head-on collision involving two cars on State Route 3 at milepost 3.5 near Shelton. The victim, an 82 year-old woman, died from her injuries while she was being taken by medics to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The driver who caused the incident also suffered injuries and was taken to Mason General Hospital in the vicinity.
According to law enforcement, one car was southbound on the SR 3 when it crossed over into the northbound lane and struck the car in which the elderly woman was driving. The Washington State Patrol has not stated whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the incident, but said charges were pending. The accident blocked both lanes of the highway, causing traffic to be diverted to East Johns Prairie Road and North Pine/South Front Street. The road was reopened a few hours later.
About Vehicle Accidents
We offer our sympathies and compassion for the victims of this case. Unfortunately, vehicle accidents are common and may happen more frequently than you think. In 2017, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) have reported a total of 120, 993 car accidents. Of those accidents, 525 were fatal and 34, 311 were possible or suspected of injuries. Of the types of car accidents, head-on collisions are considered the most dangerous due to the circumstances – two cars are heading towards each other, with a great amount of force being experienced by all parties when the impact happens. While only 2% of car accidents are head-on collisions, they account for more than 10% of car-accident related injuries. These injuries are quite dangerous as most of them are head, spine or neck-related, including spinal injuries, brain injuries, paralysis, broken bones, and whiplash. Head-on collisions are also often fatal, and overall has a very high death rate compared to other types of collisions involving vehicles. Our sympathies to all those who have suffered in these vehicle accidents.
The best way to protect one’s self from a dangerous vehicle accident is to take steps to prevent it. We urge everyone to practice proper driving and to always be cautious while on the road. Be especially careful on late hours, especially if the road is lacking sufficient illumination. Any mistake can lead to injuries and damage not only to your person, but on other people as well.
If you have been injured in an accident, or have lost a loved one to the reckless actions of another, the Seattle personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee are poised to help you fight back. We have helped numerous people through the legal process and are ready to aggressively represent you as well. Contact us at (206) 899-5415 or online to speak with an attorney today.
Note: The attorneys with The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee send our hearts out to the victims of serious accidents. Even though we see the pain and suffering accident victims endure through our daily work, it never becomes easier to hear such tragic news. We compose our blog using publicly available news sources. Sometimes stories are updated as more details surface. If our post becomes outdated or inaccurate, please let us know so that we may update it.
Disclaimer: This blog's aim is to increase awareness of severe injuries and their effects so that fewer individuals and families go through the painful and traumatic process of seeing a loved one hurt or killed in an accident. These are difficult topics, but we hope that our readers can use the information found here to help them avoid being involved in an accident. The information presented here does not construe legal advice.