Head-on Crash in Ferndale, WA Sends 2 to the Hospital
Law enforcement and emergency aid units were dispatched to a 2-vehicle head-on crash on Pacific Highway just south of W Smith Road about 4 p.m. the afternoon of March 27, 2018.
The road was blocked for a few hours as tow truck drivers removed the damaged vehicles from the roadway; both vehicles sustained significant front-end damage. There were a total of three vehicle occupants involved in the car accident: two in a Chevrolet Express work van and one in a 4-door Honda Accord passenger car.
According to Whatcom County Fire District 7 Assistant Fire Chief Dean Crosswhite, airbags were deployed in both motor vehicles during the collision and “definitely saved lives.” One person from each vehicle was taken by ambulance to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
The cause of the crash is still being investigated as of the writing of this article.
Dangers of head-on collisions
Car accident statistics indicate that only two percent of car crashes are head-on collisions but they account for more than 10 percent of car accident fatalities. In fact, head on collisions may be the most dangerous type of motor vehicle accident because both drivers are traveling toward each other before the crash which increases the force absorbed by both drivers.
Injuries associated with a head-on crash
Some of the more serious injuries associated with a head on car crash are:
- Spinal injuries
- Brain injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Broken bones
How can a head-on car accident be prevented?
Cities and states are well aware of the dangers of head on collisions and work to eliminate situations in roadways that increase the risk. For example, placing concrete barriers or stretches of steel wire cable in between north and south bound freeway lanes is a choice to help reduce the chances of a tragic head-on crash. When drivers use defensive driving skills and follow street signs and lights, they are taking measures to prevent a head-on car accident.
If you find yourself on a head-on collision course with another vehicle, take these steps to help avoid the accident or mitigate the impact:
- Slow down as much as is safely possible by gently placing your foot on the brake pedal. (If you slam your foot on the brake you are risking losing control of the vehicle).
- Slowly turn your wheel to the right. It is safer to land in a ditch or shoulder than to crash into another vehicle head on.
Head on collisions are often caused by negligent driving including driving at excessive speeds, distracted driving, or driving while fatigued. If you or a loved one has been injured in a head-on collision because of the negligence of another driver you should consult with an experienced car accident attorney to discuss your legal rights as soon as you are able.
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