Spokane, Washington – Two Injured in Car CollisionRequest Free Consultation
Spokane, Washington (May 17, 2019) – A Washington State Patrol trooper was injured after his vehicle was hit by another car at East 16th Avenue and South Adams Road on Friday evening. The trooper, identified as 58 year-old Barry Marcus, was sent to the hospital, but the extent of his injuries are unknown. The causing driver, 26 year-old Kevin Vorpahl, also sustained injuries but refused treatment.
The cause of the accident appears to be Vorpahl failing to to stop at a stop sign, and he is being charged accordingly. Drugs and alcohol are not being suspected in the case. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts when the crash happened.
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.