Fatal Semi and Car Auto Accident on Highway 18
Highway 18 is one of the busiest roads in Washington state. It was closed for over 6 hours on Monday night when the Washington State Patrol had to conduct a fatality investigation. The crash that prompted this investigation happened just before 5 pm and involved a Dodge Magnum station wagon and a semi-truck.
Troopers say that the station wagon had been traveling eastbound through Tiger Mountain, near the Issaquah/Hobart Road, when it crossed the center line and struck the oncoming semi-truck head-on. The impact ejected the driver from the Dodge, who died at the scene of the crash. The victim was later identified as a 30-year-old man from Colorado.
The semi-truck driver was seriously injured and taken to an area hospital.
The WSP commented that the clean-up was difficult because spilled diesel made the road very slippery. Traffic was stopped in both directions for over six hours, as investigators pieced together what happened. Read the complete story on the semi involved auto accident.
Head-on Auto Accidents are Deadliest of Crashes
There were over 34,000 fatal motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2016, where over 37,000 people, drivers and passengers alike, died.
Head-on auto accidents are some of the most fatal and deadliest of crashes. They result in death more often than any other type of crash. Why? Hypothetically, when two vehicles of equal weight and size crash into each other at the same speed, it’s like crashing into a brick wall. There’s no place for the force and speed to be absorbed, other than the crashing vehicles, on impact. If you think about it, it would be better to hit a parked car or a fence at the same speed, because at least those receiving objects would move and dissipate the force, rather than absorbing and concentrating the force within itself.
Some of the most common causes for head-on auto accidents are:
- Going the wrong-way on a road; also referred to as a “wrong-way” crash
- Crossing the center line and crashing into an oncoming vehicle
- Passing incorrectly on a two-lane road
- Falling asleep behind the wheel and drifting into the oncoming traffic
- DUI—driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Distracted Driving—using a cell phone, texting, adjusting controls within the vehicle
- Speeding; including taking curves and bends too fast
- Weather—often combined with speed
Surviving the Odds of a Head-on Auto Accident
Recovering from a head-on auto accident can take months, even years, due to severe injuries and a lengthy rehabilitation process. Some of the injuries may include head trauma or traumatic brain injuries (TBI), chest and lower limb injuries. Without the saving grace of airbags, the thrusting force would send our chest cavities crashing into the steering column of the vehicle or untethered bodies through the windshield, causing irreparable or devastating damage. If occupants are not wearing seatbelts, surviving a head-on collision would be nothing short of a miracle.
How do we survive a head-on collision? Do not get it in one is the right answer. But no one knows exactly what will come our way on the road, so we must always be the offensive driver and safety-minded traveler when we are in anyone’s vehicle, especially our own.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has done numerous studies to learn the morbidity rate for head-on collisions. What was learned was that if collisions happened at 43mph or less, the chances of survival drastically increased. But the combination of additional energy and speed over 43 mph exponentially increased the fatality odds for all vehicle occupants. That means the risks and the outcomes were just too much for the human body to endure. https://www.thecarcrashdetective.com/how-to-survive-a-head-on-collision-slow-down-to-below-43mph/
What Can You Do?
Seat belts must be worn properly in order to assure safety. For drivers, the belt must cross over the shoulder and fit snug across the hips. Belts that are under the arm will do little to hold a person in place on impact, allowing the force to eject them from the vehicle.
Most don’t see an accident coming, but if you’re about to get into a crash, the best thing you can do is try to drastically lower your speed before impact. The lower the speed, the lower the fatality rates. Thecarcrashdetective.com suggests that if you have the opportunity to choose your roadway, stay away from the undivided roads with speed limits that exceed 40 mph. Your life could literally depend on it.
Our Personal Injury & Auto Accident Lawyers are Here to Help
Not only can head-on crashes be devastating for those involved, but they can leave families in a state of shock. Seeking legal counsel may not occur to those who sustained personal injury at no fault of their own.
If you or a loved one has been in a head-on collision in Washington or Idaho, contact Fielding Law Group today, for a free consultation on how our accident attorneys can help you get financial recovery for your physical, mental, and property damages. By working one-on-one with our clients, we are able to offer the best legal representation throughout the entire resolution process, in order to settle all personal injury claims. Our unparalleled abilities mean that you can concentrate on healing, while we make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Remember-Don’t let an accident wreck YOU!
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