Seattle, Washington – Car-Truck Collision Blocks RoadRequest Free Consultation
Seattle, Washington (April 8, 2019) – A collision between a car and a truck was reported on 3rd Avenue and University Street near 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon. No injuries have been reported from the incident.
It appears that the truck rear-ended the car in front, but there have been no details on the circumstances leading up to the crash. The incident temporarily blocked the left eastbound lane, but was later cleared.
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. In this type of collision, injuries that can be expected are broken wrists, whiplash among other neck-related injuries, as well as head and spinal injuries.
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. If you have been a victim of an accident involving these types of vehicles, we extend our sympathy and compassion.