Seattle, Washington – Two with Serious Injuries After Collision Caused by Medical Emergency
Posted on Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 at 3:16 am
Seattle, Washington (May 13, 2019) – Two people sustained serious injuries after a two-car collision in the area of Southwest Horton Street & 59th Avenue Southwest on Monday Morning. One was listed in critical condition and the other was in a stable condition. Both were taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. Aside from the two victims, two workers also sustained minor injuries after they were struck by the loose wires of the utility pole struck by the cars.
According to preliminary investigation, both vehicles involved were driving north on 59th Avenue Southwest when the drive of the causing SUV suffered a medical emergency. This SUV then slammed into the rear end of the other vehicle,causing both vehicles to fall down an embankment and onto a side street. Along the way, a utility pole and some electrical lines were also knocked over, causing minor injuries to members of a road crew. Both victims came from the causing car. The driver of the other car briefly lost consciousness in the crash, but was uninjured and remained on the scene of the crash. The response team arrived around 9:30 a.m. The accident caused the roads in the area to be blocked, but they have been reopened since then
About Vehicle Accidents
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. Car accidents have a variety of causes ranging from driver error to road conditions, and it also includes chronic medical conditions. Chronic medical conditions include epilepsy, diabetes, alcoholism and heart diseases. While alcohol ingestion is related to many cases of car accidents, the other named conditions contribute to a fairly small amount of car accidents, estimated to be around five to ten percent in an early study. Liability in such cases are tricky to negotiate, especially as some drivers would not know about such conditions before the accident. In any case, all drivers should make sure they are in good health and not impeded by any health condition that can affect judgement so as to be safe in the streets.
This particular accident is a case of rear-end collision, also said to be the most common type of car accident. Like many other vehicle accidents, rear-end collisions often happen because of lapse of attention, usually when one vehicle follows another too closely. Injuries associated with rear-end collisions are neck injuries, particularly whiplash as the impact usually jerks the upper body forward. Wrist fractures are also said to be a common side-effect as victims instinctively use their arms and hands to brace their impact, causing the force of the crash to be directed at the wrist. Other serious injuries include broken bones, head and spinal injuries.
We urge all drivers to be careful while behind the wheel. When in a location where hazards such as poor illumination, rough roads or construction materials are present, be especially cautious. By doing this, we can ensure our safety as well as the safety of others in the nearby area.
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.