Washington State Patrol (WSP) troopers are concerned about the rising number of deadly traffic collisions across the state, especially after registering at least three fatal accidents in the Tri-Cities region in the time span of one week.
Following the investigation into the accidents, officials were left disturbed by what they found.
According to the reports, neither driver involved in the three deadly accidents was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.
The first crash was reported on Sunday, Sept. 5. It happened in Pasco and it involved a woman who died as a result of the collision. The second crash happened in Walla Walla on Saturday, Sept. 11. The male driver involved was pronounced dead at the scene.
The third fatality involved a man whose car rolled over in Richland on Sunday, Sept. 12. He was also fatally injured.
WSP Officials Urge Drivers To Learn From Deadly Accidents
While WSP officials explained that there are no guarantees any auto safety feature will, without a doubt, save your life in the event of an accident, the truth is that seatbelts can increase your odds of not suffering serious injuries. If you worry about your safety and the safety of your passengers, remember to buckle up and to make sure all other occupants fasten their seatbelts before taking off.
“Buckling up inside of your vehicle will help you stay inside during a collision or rollover crash,” WSP Trooper Chris Thorson told news reporters. “If you’re not, you have the chances of being partially or even fully ejected from the vehicle.”
While the state of Washington remains one of the top in the nation when it comes to seatbelt usage, we still have a long way to go to be completely free of deadly collisions. Hopefully, Washington drivers can learn from the mistakes in these tragic collisions so they will remain safe while behind the wheel.
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