Spokane, Washington – Two People Seriously Injured in Pileup Involving Four Vehicles

Posted on Thursday, June 27th, 2019 at 5:14 am    

Spokane, Washington (June 21, 2019) – Two people sustained serious injuries in a pileup involving four vehicles on North Freya Street. The injured included the suspect, 29 year-old Thandan Hammel, who sustained serious injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment. A person from one of the struck cars, a Honda sedan, also sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries, and was also taken to the hospital.

The crash happened on the bridge over train tracks between East Mission Avenue and East Alki Avenue. According to the police report, Hammel was driving north on Freya Street when he crossed the center median and struck Honda sedan, which in turn crashed into a Chevy Blazer. Meanwhile, Hammel continued driving and hit a large flatbed truck, almost crushing the driver in the process. The suspect was only stopped when he struck the concrete wall of the bridge and was trapped inside his car. Firefighters later extricated him from the vehicle. The accident caused the southbound lanes of Freya Street to be closed. Hammel will be facing charges of vehicular assault as well as possessing drugs meant to curb opioid addiction. Police are suspecting that drugs or alcohol may be a factor in the crash.

About Vehicle Accidents

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 ad 34, 311 were possible or suspected of injuries. 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 whiplash, because the impact usually jerks the upper body forward. Other injuries include broken bones, head and spinal injuries, as well as wrist fractures.

Multiple vehicle collisions, also called pileups, are among the most dangerous types of crash situations. In this particular accident, three cars are reported to be involved, but pileups have been known to involve up to hundreds of vehicles at once and cause many types of injuries as well as fatalities. The most common cause for pileups seem to be bad weather which either obscure the vision of drivers or cause slippery roads, such as fog, heavy rain and snowstorms. As always, we urge all drivers to be wary while behind the wheel, especially in heavy traffic or unfavorable weather conditions. A single moment of carelessness can lead to an accident with dreadful consequences.

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.

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