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Moses Lake, Washington – Head-On Collisions Results in Two People Hospitalized

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Posted on September 30, 2019

Moses Lake, Washington (September 27, 2019) – A head-on collision on State Route 17, around 11 miles south of Moses Lake resulted in two people getting hospitalized on Friday night. The injured, who were the the drivers of the involved vehicles, were transported to the Good Samaritan Hospital. One of the drivers has been identified as Joey Flores from Moses Lake. The name of the other driver has not been released, but they were said to be from Walla Walla.

According to the report from the Washington State Patrol, Flores was southbound on State Route 17 sometime before midnight. While driving, he allegedly crossed the center line, causing him to collide with a semi truck going north. Troopers reported that Flores was impaired at the time of the accident.

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 collision 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.