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Spokane, Washington – Trooper Injured After Vehicle Collision

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Posted on May 14, 2019

Spokane, Washington (May 11, 2019) – Washington State Trooper James Wickham was injured after a driver crashed into his vehicle on the Interstate 90 east of Spokane. He was taken to the hospital, but was well enough to be released later on the the same day. The driver of the causing vehicle was not injured in the incident.

In another report, the driver who caused the incident also hit another car before he struck Trooper Wickham’s vehicle, which was parked on the shoulder of the I-90. The driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel, causing the accident. It has been determined that drugs and alcohol were not involved in the case. The driver who caused the accident was cited for second-degree negligent driving. Both vehicles involved in the crash were totaled.

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.