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Seattle, Washington – Officer Injured After Police Car was Rammed by Vehicle

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Posted on July 29, 2019

Seattle, Washington (July 27, 2019) – An officer from the Seattle Police Department was injured after a suspect rammed his car at the intersection of South Forest Street and 27th Avenue South on Saturday afternoon. Fortunately, police have said that he was not seriously injured in the incident.

The incident happened around 5:30 p.m. The circumstances leading up to the crash has not been detailed, but the driver who caused the accident has been identified. Police are now looking for Gustavo A. Martinez, a known omestic violence felony suspect. He was using a maroon Honda Accord that has Washington license plate BMV5840. Anyone with information on the suspect is encouraged to call 911.

About Vehicle Accidents

While this particular incident contains a criminal element, car accidents of common cause can be just as dangerous. 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 accidents 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.