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Lebam, Washington – One Person Injured in Car Crash, Caused by Driver Falling Asleep

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Posted on July 18, 2019

Lebam, Washington (July 14, 2019) – A passenger was injured after the vehicle she was in crashed on State Route 202 on Monday evening. The victim, a 60 year-old woman from Vancouver, was transported to Willapa Harbor Hospital for treatment. There has been no word regarding her condition. The driver was uninjured in the accident. No other vehicles were involved and no other injuries reported.

The accident happened around 5:30 p.m. According to Washington State patrol, the car was heading east on State Route 6 when the driver fell asleep. This caused the vehicle to to veer into a ditch on the eastbound side of the road. The truck received reportable damage from the crash and was towed away from the scene. The driver was charged with 2nd degree negligent driving.

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. There are several types of accidents 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.