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Benton City, Washington – One Man Injured as Truck Drove Over His Legs

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Posted on April 23, 2019

Benton City, Washington (April 22, 2019) – A man was airlifted to a local hospital after a heavy drilling truck ran over his legs in a rock quarry seven miles south of Benton City on Monday noon. The extent of his injuries has not been detailed, but it was noted that was conscious and alert while he was transported. According to Benton County Sheriff’s Office, the man fell over and was not seen by the truck driver, causing him to be run over.

About Traffic Accidents

This particular incident has unusual circumstances, but one must keep in mind that drivers are not the only ones who should be aware of road safety. Pedestrians are also at risk while on the streets, with the National Center for Health Statistics estimating 7, 450  pedestrian deaths in 2017. Pedestrian accidents can fall under traffic or non-traffic depending on the location where they were struck. Traffic incidents happen on public roads, while non-traffic incidents occur on non-traffic areas such as driveways, parking lots and other private property. Most pedestrian deaths occur in urban settings, on urban roads (72%) versus on intersections (18%), and mostly at night. Much like motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents can happen simply because people are not as visible as other vehicles, a problem which is worse during night. And in an event of a car crash, similar to motorcycle drivers and passengers, the risk to pedestrians are greater than those inside a car, with fatality rate being 1.5 times greater than any car passenger.

When it comes to risk, older adults, children, and alcohol-impaired drivers or pedestrians are at most risk when it comes to pedestrian accidents. The risk is further heightened in a situation where a vehicle is at high speed. Lately, distractions also cause accidents not only for drivers, but also pedestrians. We urge everyone to exercise area awareness at all times and to keep their attention on the road. Avoiding accidents not only prevents loss, damage, injuries and death to one’s self, but also on other people in the surroundings.

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Note: The street location was not provided.