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Seattle, Washington – Two People Injured in Multiple Vehicle Crash at Interstate 5

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Posted on November 10, 2019

Seattle, Washington (November 9, 2019) – Two people sustained injuries in a crash involving multiple vehicles on southbound Interstate 5 Express on Saturday afternoon. The patients, a 45 year-old man and a 4 year-old girl, were both taken to Harborview Medical Center, where they were reported to be in stable condition.

The cause and circumstances of the crash ha snot yet been detailed. At least one car and semi truck were involved in the accident, as medics responded to reports of a person trapped in a car that had been pinned under a semi truck. This person was later safely extracted. The incident caused lanes to be closed, but they have since been reopened.

About Vehicle Accidents

Vehicle accidents are common and may happen more frequently than you think. 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. 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.

Multiple vehicle collisions, also called pileups, are among the most dangerous types of crash situations. Pileups have been known to involve up to hundreds of vehicles at once and cause many types of injuries as well as fatalities. The most common cause for pileups seem to be bad weather which either obscure the vision of drivers or cause slippery roads, such as fog, heavy rain and snowstorms. As always, we urge all drivers to be wary while behind the wheel, especially in heavy traffic or unfavorable weather conditions. A single moment of carelessness can lead to an accident with dreadful consequences.