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Hoquiam, Washington – One Person Injured in Truck-Car Collision at SR 101

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Posted on December 6, 2019

Hoquiam, Washington (December 2, 2019) – One person was injured in a collision involving a car and an unloaded log truck on State Route 101 at Walker Road on Monday morning. The driver of the car was injured and taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital for treatment. No word has been given regarding his condition. The driver of the truck appears to be uninjured.

According to the report from the Washington State Patrol, the incident occurred around 10:30 a.m. on Monday morning. A log truck headed northbound was following a car too closely, and when the car stopped to make a turn onto Walker Road the truck could not stop in time, striking the back of the car. The impact caused reportable damage to the vehicle. The truck driver has been charged for following too close.

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.