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Lake Stevens, Washington – Tree Branch Falls Onto Car, Breaks Windshield

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Posted on January 16, 2020

Lake Stevens, Washington (January 13, 2020) – A tree branch fell onto a car on State Route 9 at State Route 92 on Monday. According to the report from Fox 28 Spokane, the driver was unhurt in the incident. However, the  car’s windshield was reported to have been smashed in, with glass fragments falling inside the vehicle. No other vehicles were affected and no other injuries have been reported.

According to the information from Washington State Patrol Trooper Heather Axtman, the driver was heading south on State Route 9 around 11 a.m. when the incident occurred. The incident caused the road to be temporarily closed while the tree debris was being removed.

About Vehicle Accidents

Windshields are important to the structure of the car itself, and any damage done to them should not be overlooked. Windshields provide structural integrity to the rest of the car, and also provides the backing for air bags as they deploy.   While these particular parts of the car are manufactured to withstand impact, they can still be damaged. Strong impact, such as in this case, is one common cause. Take note that a windshield which has cracked will be more susceptible to shattering entirely, so owners are advised to repair or replace broken windshields as soon as damage is done.

Any damage done to a windshield will compromise their safety features. For example, in case of an accident a broken windshield won’t be able to keep the roof from caving in. The shattered glass from a broken windshield can also inflict dangerous injuries. Lastly, in addition to seat belts windshields also help prevent occupants from being ejected from a car in case of a crash. With these reminders in mind, we ask people to never underestimate the dangers of a broken windshield.