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Kennewick, Washington – Minor Injuries in Single-Vehicle Rollover Crash

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Posted on October 30, 2019

Kennewick, Washington (October 28, 2019) – A single-vehicle rollover crash on West 19th Avenue resulted in minor injuries for the teen driver on Monday noon. Responding firefighters puled the victim from the vehicle. There were no mentions of the driver requiring hospitalization. There were no other injuries reported in the incident.

Responders arrived on the scene around 12:20 p.m. When crews arrived, they found the car on its top. According to preliminary investigation, the driver was texting while driving, causing her to collide with the fire hydrant, with the impact causing the vehicle to roll over. The driver was issued an infraction for 2nd degree negligent driving.

About Vehicle Accidents

Unfortunately, car accidents are common and may happen more frequently than you think. 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. This type of accident where the vehicle has landed on the side or top can be classified under rollover accident, a hazardous situation in which victims may get trapped inside the car. Sometimes, outside help is needed to safely get trapped occupants out of the car. This type of accident usually happens after trying to turn on high speeds. Cars that are more susceptible to rollover accidents are lighter cars with a high gravity center, though it should be noted any car can roll over given the circumstance. In a rollover crash, injuries that can be expected are broken wrists, whiplash among other neck-related injuries, as well as head and spinal injuries. Wearing a seat belt helps mitigate possible injuries in this particular type of incident, and also minimizes the chances of being flung from the vehicle when it flips over.

As always, we urge all drivers to practice caution while out on the streets. Be specially if the road is lacking sufficient illumination. It would also help to identify busy roads ad try to avoid being in their proximity to minimize any risk of a vehicle accident. Any mistake can lead to injuries and damage not only to your person, but on other people as well.