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Roy, Washington – Man Died of Injuries After Getting Trapped by a Forklift

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Posted on May 9, 2019

Roy, Washington (May 7, 2019) – A man died due to being trapped underneath a forklift on a property he owned at the 8400 block of State Route 702. He was found face down next to the forklift with a large wound to his left elbow, and pronounced dead on the scene.

The man was apparently visiting from California to work with a business partner. The property was being used to scrap military vehicles. Around 10 a.m., the victim called his daughter, telling her that he was trapped ad required help. Paramedics responded to the scene, but found the man already lying face down next to the forklift. The forklift had apparently rolled back and struck another vehicle. The accident is still being investigated to determine what exactly happened.

About Vehicle Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. While the circumstances of this case are unclear, vehicle accidents are unfortunately common. 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.

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