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Federal Way, Washington – Officer Injured After Vehicle Gets Rammed by Fleeing RV

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Posted on February 13, 2020

Federal Way, Washington (February 11, 2020) – An officer from the Federal Way Police Department was injured after a fleeing RV struck their car during a chase. According to the report from KOMO News, the officer sustained a minor injury and was taken to St. Francis Hospital for treatment. The officer was also reported to have been released. The suspect driver was not caught and is still at large.

According to the report, the incident started when police were called to the 33200 block of 24th Avenue South around 10:30 p.m. when an RV crashed through the gate of a property. Police were able to spot the suspect RV half a mile away from the property, and tried to pull over the vehicle. However, the RV rammed into one of the police cars and kept going. The driver was later seen exiting the vehicle and fleeing on foot. Police have searched the area but were unable to find the suspect.

About Vehicle Accidents

While this particular incident contains a criminal element, it is important to note that accidents of other causes can also result in damage or injuries. 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.