Skagit County, Washington – One Dead, Two Injured in Head-On Collision at State Route 20
Posted on Monday, January 6th, 2020 at 2:18 am
Skagit County, Washington (January 3, 2020) – One person was killed and two others were injured in a head-on collision involving two vehicles on State Route 20 on early Friday morning. According to the Washington State Patrol press memo on Skagit Breaking Community News, a 19 year-old man from Oak Harbor died on the scene. The driver and passenger in the other vehicle were transported to Whidbey Health for treatment of undisclosed injuries. No further word has been given regarding their conditions.
The incident occurred around 2:42 a.m. on State Route 20, north of Deception Road. The Oak Harbor man was heading north on the highway when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck the passenger side of a southbound car. The collision caused both vehicles to catch on fire. It was reported all three people were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. The cause of the accident is under investigation, and it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash. The incident caused both directions of State Route 20 to be closed, but were reopened later by 5:30 a.m.
About Vehicle Accidents
We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only case of fatality in car 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.
If you have been injured in an accident, or have lost a loved one to the reckless actions of another, the Seattle personal injury attorneys at Caffee Accident & Injury Lawyers are poised to help you fight back. We have helped numerous people through the legal process and are ready to aggressively represent you as well. Contact us at (206) 899-5415 or online to speak with an attorney today.
Note: The attorneys with Caffee Accident & Injury Lawyers send our hearts out to the victims of serious accidents. Even though we see the pain and suffering accident victims endure through our daily work, it never becomes easier to hear such tragic news. We compose our blog using publicly available news sources. Sometimes stories are updated as more details surface. If our post becomes outdated or inaccurate, please let us know so that we may update it.
Disclaimer: This blog's aim is to increase awareness of severe injuries and their effects so that fewer individuals and families go through the painful and traumatic process of seeing a loved one hurt or killed in an accident. These are difficult topics, but we hope that our readers can use the information found here to help them avoid being involved in an accident. The information presented here does not construe legal advice.