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Ocean Park, Washington – Four People Injured in Crash Involving Three Vehicles

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Posted on October 21, 2019

Ocean Park, Washington (October 17,2019) – A total of four people sustained injuries in a crash involving three vehicles on Peninsula Highway on Thursday morning. The patients all came from a single vehicle, involving a woman from Ilwaco and three children who were passengers in her vehicle. None of the injured required transportation to the hospital for treatment.

According to the report from the Washington State Patrol, a woman from Ocean Park was driving on the Peninsula Highway and she slowed down to make a left turn. A Virginia man driving behind her was unable to stop in time as she slowed down, and the two collided. This caused the first vehicle to be pushed into a third vehicle in the northbound lane. All three vehicles sustained reportable damage in the crash. The man from Virginia 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 ad 34, 311 were possible or suspected of injuries. On the other hand, the state of Washington’s  2015 Annual Collision Data Summary reported that 6,091 commercial vehicle or heavy trucks were involved in collisions in 2015. These crashes included 38 fatal collisions, 85 serious injury collisions, 1,352 minor injury collisions, 4,565 property damage collisions, and 51 unknown injury collisions.

Give the size and build difference between cars and trucks, collisions between the two often result in dangerous situations. Specifically, trucks can weigh 20-30 times more than passenger cars, and their height and greater ground clearance can cause smaller vehicles to be more easily toppled in car-truck accidents. Consequently, studies have proven that most deaths in large truck accidents are passenger vehicle occupants, who are more vulnerable in case of collision. However, in a 2013 study, most car-truck accidents are often caused by car drivers, with relation to driver errors. Regardless of which vehicle you are driving, one must always exercise caution on the road. With both cars and trucks, drivers must be responsible for making sure their vehicle is in a good condition and not prone to vehicle failure, and to always consider the road and weather conditions.