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Spokane, Washington – Injured Driver Extricated from Crashed Vehicle

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Posted on March 4, 2020

Spokane, Washington (February 29, 2020) – A motor vehicle accident that occurred on the intersection of North Driscoll Boulevard and West Bismark Place resulted in a driver getting trapped on Saturday night. According to the news release from the Spokane Fire Department, the driver was trapped behind the steering wheel of her vehicle, and crews worked to stabilize her and treat her injuries while additional crews from Spokane City Fire and Spokane Fire District 9 were called to assist. The driver was eventually freed and was transported to an area hospital via ambulance.

The incident occurred on 9:45 p.m. on Saturday night. Crews had to use heavy extrication equipment from Fire District 9’s apparatus, and crews were eventually able to remove the driver’s door and free the patient. The cause and circumstances of the crash has not been reported, but the incident is being investigated by the Spokane Police Department.

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.