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Chinook, Washington – Driver Injured After Falling Asleep and Crashing into Parked Car

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Posted on July 14, 2019

Chinook, Washington (July 11, 2019) – A woman sustained injuries in a two car collision on State Route 101 near Valley Street on Thursday evening. The woman was taken to Ocean Beach Hospital for treatment. There has been no word regarding her condition. The other car was unoccupied at the time of the accident an there were no other injuries reported.

The crash happened about 6 p.m. on Thursday. According to the statement from the Washington State Patrol, the woman was heading north on State Route 101 when she fell asleep and crossed the center line, causing her to crash with a car parked on the shoulder of the southbound side of the road. The woman’s car was totaled in the collision and the other car received reportable damage. The woman has been charged with 2nd Degree Negligent Driving.

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. There are several types of collision that may happen, such as side collision, rollover collision, and head-on collision. 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. Similarly, victims of side collisions and rollover collisions also suffer may also suffer head and neck injuries, though the risk is lower in these types of collisions. In rollover collisions, the car will come to rest on its side or roof, resulting in a dangerous situation which passengers might need to be extricated from. In side collisions, the greatest risk comes to the passenger on the particular side that received the impact. No matter the type of accident, all crashes are bound to cause a dreadful situation for all involved.

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.