Shelton, Washington – Truck Driver Injured in Collision with Another VehicleRequest Free Consultation
Shelton, Washington (September 7, 2019) – A truck driver sustained injuries in a collision involving another vehicle on State Route 3 on Saturday evening. The driver, identified as a 65 year-old man from Shelton, was taken to Mason General Hospital in Shelton for treatment. There has been no further word regarding his condition. The driver of the other vehicle, a 57 year-old man from Poulsbo, was uninjured in the incident.
According to the report from the Washington State Patrol, the accident happened around 6:30 p.m. The truck driver had slowed down to make a left turn when the Poulsbo man crashed into his truck. The impact caused the truck to roll onto its top. According to troopers, the Poulsbo man fell asleep at the wheel and is also suspected of DUI. The crash caused the road to be partly blocked for around 4 hours.
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.