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Hoquiam, Washington – One Person Hospitalized Following Rear-End Collision at State Route 109

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Posted on November 14, 2019

Hoquiam, Washington  (November 13, 2019) – One person was taken to the hospital following a two-vehicle collision at State Route 109 near Powell Road on Wednesday afternoon. The patient was the 82 year-old driver in the vehicle that followed too close. They were taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital for treatment. The driver in the other vehicle was not injured.

The incident occurred around 5:15 p.m. A vehicle driven by a 46 year-old man from Hoquiam was southbound on State Route 109, and while waiting for traffic to turn they were struck from behind by a vehicle reported to be following too closely. Both vehicles involved were totaled in the accident.

About Vehicle Accidents

While this particular incidents involved an element of crime, accidents of any other causes 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. 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.