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Gig Harbor, Washington – Car Crashes on Olympic Drive NW in Police Chase

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Posted on July 31, 2019

Gig Harbor, Washington (July 29, 2019) – A hit and run incident led to a police chase that ended in a car crash on Olympic Drive Northwest on Monday morning. Fortunately, no injuries were reported in either incident.

The incident began around 5:30 a.m. when officers spotted an impaired driver who was wanted for an earlier hit and run. The driver fled on State Route 16 and kept going despite spikes which damaged their car. The circumstances leading to the crash has not been detailed, but the chase ended in a crash on Olympic Drive Northwest. The accident caused the closure of Olympic Drive Northwest.

About Vehicle Accidents

While this particular incident contains a criminal element, car accidents of common cause can be just as dangerous. 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.