A Benton County deputy was injured in a car crash in Kennewick. The car crash occurred at the intersection of Columbia Center Boulevard and West Canal Drive. Another vehicle traveling eastbound on Canal Driver crashed into the deputy. It was reported that the deputy was transported to a local hospital for evaluation of injuries. Two passengers in the other car were also transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation of minor injuries.
Car Crash Injury Statistics
In 2012, over 2.5 million Americans went to an emergency room with injuries from a car crash. Nearly 200,000 were then hospitalized. The average cost for car crash related emergency room visits is about $3,300. Over a person’s lifetime hospitalization costs about $57,000 per person. Car crashes are extremely costly and harmful to a person’s life. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of injury in the United States.
Tips to Prevent Car Crash Injuries
Here are some tips you can implement to reduce car crashes and prevent hefty medical bills from injuries related to a car crash.
Wear a seat belt. All too often injuries occur from the driver or passenger not wearing a seat belt and being ejected from the vehicle. This could be a deadly mistake. Take a second to put on your seat belt even if you think it is uncomfortable.
Pull into traffic with caution. Stop, look, and listen are good rules of thumb for walking across the street as well as driving. Be aware of your car’s blind spot. Always look both directions at least twice before proceeding.
Watch for someone running a red light. Even after the light turns green, look both ways to make sure no one is trying to speed through a yellow light.
Watch for pedestrians; especially children. Children, as well as animals, often pop out from behind parked cars. When driving in a residential neighborhood be on the lookout and watch carefully.
Continually scan the road ahead. Always concentrate on the next 10 to 12 seconds ahead of your moving vehicle. In addition, have an escape route in case an emergency should arise.
Do not follow too closely. A good following distance is three seconds between you and the car in front of you. As tempting as it may be to speed to make up time, tailgating is a major cause of car accidents.
Be a courteous driver. Treat others with respect and drive courteously. We are all just trying to get to our destination in a timely manner. Also, report any suspicious driving behavior to authorities so everyone is safe.
Car Crash Injury Attorneys in Tri-Cities, WA
Don’t wait to call the car accident attorneys and auto accident lawyers at Parke Gordon Law Firm in Tri-Cities. Call our law office now at (509) 582-7274 for a free consultation. This is your opportunity to discuss your case with an experienced and trusted car accident attorney during a free case review. Our car accident attorney in Kennewick is conveniently located at 8905 West Gage Blvd, Suite 200. We can take the stress out of a claim and we’ll fight to get you full value for your car accident injuries. Our law firm believes every client deserves fair representation, not just big insurance companies with deep pockets. Call the law office of Parke Gordon Law Firm today to get started on your car accident case.
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Our Tri-Cities, Washington law office provides legal services to injury clients in and surrounding Tri-Cities, including clients injured in accidents in Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland, Washington. Visit or call our Tri-Cities office now.8905 W Gage Blvd, #200 Kennewick, WA 99336 Phone:(509) 582-7274