Poulsbo, Washington - Two People Hospitalized Following a Collision at Highway 305 and Totten Road
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Poulsbo, Washington – Two People Hospitalized Following a Collision at Highway 305 and Totten Road

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Posted on August 25, 2019

Suquamish, Washington (August 23, 2019) – Two people were injured in a crash at the intersection of Highway 305 and Northeast Totten Road on Friday afternoon. The injured victims were a driver and a passenger from one of the cars involved.  The driver, a 77 year-old woman from Poulsbo, was airlifted to Haborview Medical Center in Seattle, with the 23 year-old passenger taken to Harrison Medical Center. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.

Washington State Patrol Troopers were called to the scene around 1:30 p.m. According to the report, the woman failed to yield while merging into traffic, causing the accident. The crash also caused the road to be blocked for more than an hour.

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.