Federal Way, Washington - Two People Injured After Car Hits Skateboarder
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Federal Way, Washington – Two People Injured After Car Hits Skateboarder

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Posted on August 19, 2019

Federal Way, Washington (August 15, 2019) – Two people sustained injuries after a car struck a wrong-way skateboarder at the 2600 block of South Star Road on Thursday night. The skateboarder sustained critical injuries and was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. There have been no further updates regarding his condition. The driver of the car also sustained injuries after getting cut by the shards from her shattered windshield. Her injuries have been reported to be non-life-threatening and she was taken to St. Francis Hospital.

Response crews arrived on the scene around 8:30 p.m. According to the report, the skateboarder was heading the wrong way down the street on his electric skateboard, and the car struck him head-on. The crash remains under investigation.

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.