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Vancouver, Washington – Three-Vehicle Collision Results in Two People Dead, Two Injured

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Posted on July 31, 2019

Vancouver, Washington (July 26, 2019) – An accident involving the collision of two motorcycles and a BMW sport-utility vehicle resulted in two people’s deaths and two people injured. The driver of one motorcycle and the driver of the BMW were both pronounced dead on the scene. An eight year-old child who was a passenger in the BMW was taken to the hospital for minor injuries. The other motorcycle rider also suffered minor injuries but was not reported to have needed hospitalization.

Police arrived on the scene around 11:45 p.m. According to the report, the BMW was making a left turn onto Northeast 18th Street from Northeast 187th Avenue. The two motorcycles, who were both driving on Northeast 18th Street, collided into the BMW’s driver’s side door. Investigation is still ongoing, but speed and alcohol are both being considered factors in the crash.

About Vehicle Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion to the friends and loved ones of the victims. Unfortunately, this is not the only case of accident where fatalities and injuries have been reported. 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.