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Benton County, Washington – One Person Dead After Being Ejected from Rollover Crash

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Posted on December 17, 2019

Benton County, Washington (December 13, 2019) – One person died after being ejected from their vehicle in a crash on the Interstate 82 on Friday morning. The victim has been identified as George Mendoza. By the time a deputy found Mendoza he did not have a pulse, and further lifesaving attempts were unsuccessful.

According to the information from the Washington State Patrol, Mendoza had been heading eats on Interstate 82 when his pickup truck went off the roadway, causing it to roll down an embankment several times. He was thrown from his vehicle several feet, and was found around 6:30 a.m. The crash remains under investigation but is believed that slick roads were a factor in the crash.

About Vehicle Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, car 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 type of accident where the vehicle has landed on the side or top can be classified under rollover accident, a hazardous situation in which victims may get trapped inside the car. Sometimes, outside help is needed to safely get trapped occupants out of the car. This type of accident usually happens after trying to turn on high speeds. Cars that are more susceptible to rollover accidents are lighter cars with a high gravity center, though it should be noted any car can roll over given the circumstance. In a rollover crash, injuries that can be expected are broken wrists, whiplash among other neck-related injuries, as well as head and spinal injuries. Wearing a seat belt helps mitigate possible injuries in this particular type of incident, and also minimizes the chances of being flung from the vehicle when it flips over.

As always, we urge all drivers to practice caution while out on the streets. Be specially if the road is lacking sufficient illumination. It would also help to identify busy roads ad try to avoid being in their proximity to minimize any risk of a vehicle accident. Any mistake can lead to injuries and damage not only to your person, but on other people as well.