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Franklin County, Washington – Drivers Hospitalized in Two-Car Collision at Highway 395

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Posted on December 25, 2019

Franklin County, Washington (December 21, 2019) – Two women were injured in a collision involving their vehicles on the southbound lanes of Highway 395 on Saturday night. Both women were taken to Lourdes Medical Center. No further word has been given regarding their condition.

According to the information from the Washington State Patrol, Andrea Percifield from Kennewick was heading south on Highway 395 south of Eltopia. Percifield struck the back of the vehicle being driven by Raven Hansen-Pinckney from Spokane, the crash injuring the two. Troopers also reported that Percifield was speeding at the time of the accident and said that the collision was caused by inattention.

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. This particular accident is a case of rear-end collision, also said to be the most common type of car accident. Like many other vehicle accidents, rear-end collisions often happen because of lapse of attention, usually when one vehicle follows another too closely. Injuries associated with rear-end collisions are neck injuries, particularly whiplash as the impact usually jerks the upper body forward. Wrist fractures are also said to be a common side-effect as victims instinctively use their arms and hands to brace their impact, causing the force of the crash to be directed at the wrist. Other serious injuries include broken bones, head and spinal injuries.

We urge  everyone to be in a stable health condition before going behind the wheel. Any condition that can cause impairments on your judgement puts many people at risk, which goes not only for drivers but pedestrians as well. 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.