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Franklin County, Washington – Car Driver Injured in Collision With Truck

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Posted on January 13, 2020

Franklin County, Washington (January 10, 2020) – A car driver was injured and taken to the hospital following a collision with a truck on Ironwood Road and North Glade Road on Friday morning. According to the report from KEPR News, the patient, a woman from Pasco, was temporarily trapped in her vehicle and had to be freed by emergency crews. She was taken to the hospital and her injuries were said to be non-life-threatening. No other injuries were reported in the incident.

The incident occurred around 9:15 a.m. The Pasco woman was driving east on Ironwood Road and was unable to stop at a stop sign for the intersection due to slick roads. This caused her vehicle to collide with a semi truck heading south on North Glade Road. Deputies on the scene said the woman was likely at fault and had been driving too fast on the road. The incident caused the intersection to be blocked for several hours.

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 ad 34, 311 were possible or suspected of injuries. On the other hand, the state of Washington’s  2015 Annual Collision Data Summary reported that 6,091 commercial vehicle or heavy trucks were involved in collisions in 2015. These crashes included 38 fatal collisions, 85 serious injury collisions, 1,352 minor injury collisions, 4,565 property damage collisions, and 51 unknown injury collisions.

Give the size and build difference between cars and trucks, collisions between the two often result in dangerous situations. Specifically, trucks can weigh 20-30 times more than passenger cars, and their height and greater ground clearance can cause smaller vehicles to be more easily toppled in car-truck accidents. Consequently, studies have proven that most deaths in large truck accidents are passenger vehicle occupants, who are more vulnerable in case of collision. However, in a 2013 study, most car-truck accidents are often caused by car drivers, with relation to driver errors. Regardless of which vehicle you are driving, one must always exercise caution on the road. With both cars and trucks, drivers must be responsible for making sure their vehicle is in a good condition and not prone to vehicle failure, and to always consider the road and weather conditions.