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Spokane, Washington – Snowfall Causes Multiple Collisions, Blocking Off Roads

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Posted on December 22, 2019

Spokane, Washington (December 19, 2019) – A total of 26 accidents were reported to have occurred throughout Spokane after 2 inches of snow fell on early Thursday morning. Some areas affected by multiple collisions were South Walnut Street approaching West 4th Avenue, where police officers helped direct traffic and blocked off portions off the road. Collisions involving a car and a semi trucks were reported on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 2 miles east of Geiger Boulevard, and the southbound lanes of US Highway 395 at North Hatch Road. Fortunately no serious injuries were reported in these incidents, but the accidents caused lanes to be blocked.

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.

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