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Oakville, Washington – One Dead, Two Others Hospitalized in Car Collision

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Posted on April 22, 2019

Oakville, Washington  (April 20, 2019) – One driver was killed and two other people were hospitalized in two collisions involving three cars on State Route 12 a few miles east of Oakville on Saturday night before 11:30 p.m. The driver was pronounced dead on the scene, with a passenger and a driver each from the other cars flown by helicopter to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center. The extent of their injuries has not been provided.

The killed driver was heading east on the SR 12. After passing another car and returning to his lane, he clipped another vehicle, which sent him into a head-on collision with the third vehicle. Troopers noted that the killed driver was also not wearing a seat belt. Driver impairment is being considered as playing a role in the crash.

About Vehicle Accidents

Vehicle 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 and 34, 311 were possible or suspected of injuries. 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.  Head-on collisions are also often fatal, and overall has a very high death rate compared to other types of collisions involving vehicles. Our sympathies to all those who have suffered in these vehicle accidents.

The best way to protect one’s self from a dangerous vehicle accident is to take steps to prevent it. We urge everyone to practice proper driving and to always be cautious while on the road. Be especially careful on late hours, especially if the road is lacking sufficient illumination. Any mistake can lead to injuries and damage not only to your person, but on other people as well.