Two in Hospital After Car Accident on Mountain View Road
Whatcom County Fire District 7 (WCFD7) fire and aid crews were called to the scene of a two-car crash at Elder and Mountain View Roads the morning of April 26, 2018 about 7:30 a.m. By 8 a.m., Mountain View was being shut down to traffic between N. Starr Road and Elder Road but was re-opened at 9:25 a.m. The two drivers involved in the car accident were taken to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center by aid car; one under basic life support (BLS) protocol and the other under advanced (ALS).
Washington State Patrol car accident report
The Washington State Patrol (WSP) report identified the two vehicles involved in the collision as a white 2008 Honda Civic 4-door and a black 2012 Dodge RAM pickup. The driver of the Honda Civic was a 16-year-old female (minor’s name withheld) enrolled at Ferndale High School. The driver of the Dodge Ram was Vincent J. Anderson, age 44. According to a family member, the injured female was later transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and was in stable condition as of end of day April 26, 2018.
The WSP investigation further showed that the Honda was traveling southbound on Elder Road and the Dodge was traveling westbound on Mountain View Road. After stopping at the stop sign, the Honda proceeded into the intersection to attempt a left turn to head eastbound on Mountain View Road in front of the Dodge. The Dodge struck the driver’s side of the Honda.
As of the afternoon of April 26, 2018 the car crash remained under investigation by WSP.
The importance of depth perception when driving
Depth perception is defined as the ability to see something in your line of sight and recognize about how far away it is from you. When driving, the driver must be able perceive the distances of other vehicles from their own. Most people with use of both their eyes are able to do this fairly easily and the more we use the skill the better we get at depth perception.
Good depth perception is a really important part of road safety because it allows drivers to measure distances between other vehicles and their own by coordinating the relative sizes of the other vehicles on the road. This information gives drivers the ability to know when it is safe to change lanes, overtake other vehicles or turn left or right onto a road with other vehicles present.
If you have lost visual acuity in one eye, it is a good idea to have a consultation with an optometrist who can determine whether it is safe for you to drive.
In the case of the Mountain View Road accident, the teenaged driver attempted to turn left in front of a vehicle coming toward her. Is it possible that she didn’t have the depth perception to realize that the truck was too close for her to enter onto the roadway safely?
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