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Vantage, Washington – Car Driver Injured After Colliding with Truck near Vantage Bridge

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Posted on November 21, 2019

Vantage, Washington (November 20, 2019) – A car driver sustained a hand injury after colliding with a semi truck on westbound Interstate 90 west of Vantage Bridge on Wednesday morning. The impact caused the car to veer off the roadway, stopping short of falling over a cliff with an estimated 75 foot drop. The driver was later taken to a hospital in Ellensburg for treatment. No other injuries were reported in the incident.

According to a report from the Washington State Patrol, the crash occurred around 7:30 a.m. The car was on the westbound lane when it struck the back of a semi truck. The cause of the crash is not yet known, but it appears to a case of distracted driving.

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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