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Everett, Washington – Driver Injured After Getting Knocked Down by Own Vehicle at Interstate 5

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Posted on January 27, 2020

Everett, Washington (January 26, 2020) – A driver was injured after getting knocked down by his own vehicle on northbound Interstate 5 on Sunday evening. According to the report from KOMO News, the driver had pulled over on the shoulder of the northbound lanes to check for a flat tire around 6:40 p.m. However, as the driver was exiting his vehicle he accidentally put the car into reverse instead of park. The car then knocked the driver down as it went backwards, causing minor injuries. A nearby trooper from the Washington State Patrol saw the incident and intentionally crashed his own vehicle into the back of the wayward car. This act stopped the vehicle in the left lane, preventing further collisions. Fortunately, the trooper was unhurt in the crash. No other injuries were reported.

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.