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Yakima, Washington – One Man Hospitalized in Head-on Collision at Highway 12

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Posted on February 27, 2020

Yakima, Washington (February 23, 2020) – One man was hospitalized in a head-on collision that occurred on the westbound lanes of Highway 12 on early Sunday morning. According to the article from iFIBERONE News, the driver of the vehicle that was struck, a 24 year-old man from Wapato, was taken to Virginia Mason memorial Hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries. The causing driver, 23 year-old Daniel A. Mendoza Acosta from Moses Lake, was unhurt.

According to the report, Acosta was driving east on the westbound lanes of Highway 12 just before 2 a.m. Shortly after Acosta collided with the vehicle of the Wapato man. The Washington State Patrol is seeking a charge of vehicular assault against Mendoza Acosta and also reported that drugs or alcohol may be involved in the incident. Both vehicles involved in the collision were impounded by the Washington State Patrol.

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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